History Day Theme – Every year, the National History Day competition has a specific theme that serves as the focal point for all student projects. This year, the theme is TAKING A STAND IN HISTORY. You can select an individual, and event, or a idea that pushed for change or made a case for change in any aspect of American history. You can focus on politics, the military, social history, sports, fine arts, science, economics … the possible topics are limitless! Whatever topic you select, it must interest YOU and it it must directly tie in with TAKING A STAND IN HISTORY. For more information about the theme, consult the 2017 contest theme overview from National History Day.