To our surprise, there was an increase in entries in the NHC this year, particularly in the primary sector with two new schools entering. The standard of work at the primary level was beyond anything the judging panel had experienced before – wonderful to see but very difficult to judge! There were some amazing winners. All judging took place online this year over the course of a week, including for the first time, that of models and museum entries.
We again have a national winner, for Year 9, who was also our Young Historian, announced at the combined state/national presentation on 26th November. We were delighted and surprised to be able to actually hold a presentation this year. It was held at the Australia War Memorial theatre, for which we were very grateful and included a video speech by the Minister for Education, and one from the Director of the AWM, Mr Matt Anderson.
“I found the theme, Contested Histories, really interesting. I thought there was a lot of room to manoeuvre and a lot of freedom with the theme and what I could choose to write about, while also giving me some direction.”
Chanhyeok (Kevin) Wang, ACT Young Historian of the Year, Telopea Park School
Read more here: Telopea Park School student named ACT Young Historian of the Year (ACT EDU)
For a list of all the 2020 Winners, please visit the National History Challenge website.