NCHD17 Photo album

If you were at National Capital History Day, you probably saw our roving photographer, Jana Chytilova. Jana has captured all four NCHDs, but we think she probably got her best images yet at this year’s event. Take a look back at the opening ceremonies, Hall of History, all the workshops, student interviews, the awards ceremony and more! (We’ll be posting a separate gallery of all the exhibits soon)


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Congratulations to our NCHD17 winners!

Another National Capital History Day is now history…but what a day it was!
Incredible projects and participation … and a new school as reigning champion — congratulations to Nepean High School for taking this year’s National Capital History Day trophy.
And congratulations to all the students, teachers and students who took part this year. We’ll be sending out feedback surveys to all our students and judges in the next few days.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in National Capital History Day 2017!
National Capital History Day 2017
Here is the official list of this year’s winners as determined by our judges, and confirmed by NCHD Registrar Alison Peters:
Junior English Website: Nyatoang Both, St. Paul
Senior English Website: Max Caspi-Roy, Nepean
Junior French Website: no entry
Senior French Website: no entry
Junior English Performance: Nathan Styles, Osgoode
Senior English Performance: Paola Zamora, Canterbury
Junior French Performance: John Swayty, French
Senior French Performance: no entry
Junior English Documentary: Scott Olsen, Osgoode
Senior English Documentary: Zineb Nour, Nepean
Junior French Documentary: no entry
Senior French Documentary: no entry
Junior English Exhibit: Julia Cataldo, St. Paul
Senior English Exhibit: Pascale Malenfant, Canterbury
Junior French Exhibit: no entry
Senior French Exhibit: no entry
Junior English Essay: Isabella Crysler, Nepean
Senior English Essay: Elizabeth Adler, Nepean
Junior French Essay: no entry
Senior French Essay: Lucy Boyd, Canterbury
Overall school winner (as determined by a combination of participation and winning projects): Nepean High School
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It’s National Capital History Day 2017!

Today, hundreds of Ottawa-area high school students and their teachers — plus a small army of volunteer judges, workshop leaders and Hall of History reps — will gather at Carleton University for the fourth annual National Capital History Day.

National Capital History Day 2016

April 27, 2016

(PHOTO: Jana Chytilova.)

Students will have a chance to learn about Ottawa Valley step dancing, practise speaking Old English, and can take a turn at medieval swordplay  — plus a keynote address from Mark O’Neill of the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum.

It’s going to be a jam-packed day, so be sure to follow along on Twitter @OttawaHistory — and don’t forget to use #NCHD17.

We’ll post the final results later today. Who will take home the coveted National Capital History Day trophy this year?

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Schedule of NCHD17

The big day is almost here! For students and teachers trying to plan their schedules, here is the agenda for the day. Please remember that this year’s event takes place at Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall, formerly the River Building. Same location, new name!


When you hear the bagpipes, it’s time for the Opening Ceremonies! Hurry to auditorium in Richcraft Hall …

7:30 – 8:20 a.m.: Student arrivals. Please proceed to check-in stations in the atrium of Richcraft Hall. Please allow plenty of time for travel — there is some construction around campus and the Hog’s Back Bridge may be closed on Friday.

8 a.m.: Judges’ orientation begins.

8:25 a.m.: Ottawa Police Services Pipe Band piper Matthew Yuen summons everyone to the opening ceremonies. Please proceed to the gymnasium when you hear the skirl of the pipes!

8:30 a.m.: Opening ceremony

8:50 a.m.: Opening ceremony ends and is followed by a 10-minute break. Students and judges proceed to interviews/workshops.

9 a.m.: Workshops Begin. Judging of all categories begins.

11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Most workshops end. Students may proceed to their complimentary lunch in the food court (located in the nearby University Centre).

12 p.m.: All judging ends.

12:05 p.m.: Please join us in the auditorium for our keynote speaker and awards ceremony — as well a chance to win great prizes from our National Capital History Day Supporters.

12:15 p.m.: A special address from Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

12:30 p.m.: Keynote: Mark O’Neill, President and CEO, Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum.

1 p.m.: Awards Ceremony. Medal presentations

2 p.m.: Awards Ceremony ends.

2:15 p.m.: Students board buses for departure. Please be sure to collect your projects before you go as they cannot be stored or collected later.

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This year’s keynote speaker: Mark O’Neill

National Capital History Day is very excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker: Mark O’Neill.

Mark O’Neill is President and CEO of the federal Crown Corporation that operates the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum, Canada’s largest and most visited museums.

As the leader of the only national institution with a mandate to present the history of Canada, Mr. O’Neill understands the important role that history plays in the world and the need for museums to courageously present the stories of our past.

“Museums must forge links between the present and the past to show that the legacy of history is alive, relevant and continually unfolding in our lives today,” says O’Neill. “Confronting our historical successes and failures is a critical part of helping people to understand where we come from, so they can decide how we should move forward.”

Mr. O’Neill grew up in Ottawa and attended Carleton University, where he studied political science and Canadian studies. He has worked for more than 30 years for the Government of Canada in the Departments of the Secretary of State, Multiculturalism and Citizenship, Justice and Canadian Heritage.

We are honoured to include Mr. O’Neill in this year’s event … which is now only a few days away!


Mark O’Neill is the keynote speaker for National Capital History Day 2017.

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Check out this year’s program cover

One of the best things about National Capital History Day (besides the incredible student projects, the interactive workshops, the Hall of History, the amazing keynote address and, of course, the free lunch) is our souvenir program.

The program not only contains the agenda for the day, but also lists all our student historians, teacher volunteers, and past winners. And every year we feature a new cover to reflect our annual theme.

We’re especially pleased to present this year’s cover, designed by Tegan McGregor. She used red and black to reflect NCHD colours, a bold font, and within her design she cleverly hid several people and groups who took a stand in history.

Can you name all the people/groups featured on this year’s cover?

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Time is ticking …

Just a reminder that Friday, March 24 is the last day to register for National Capital History Day. Students, be sure to register for this year’s event here.


And remember, if you’re entering our Essay category, you must also submit your paper by Friday, March 24, too. You can do that by emailing a Word document or PDF of your essay to NCHDessay [at]

If you’re entering the Website category, don’t forget to send us your URL (and password if the site is password protected) — email it to NCHDweb [at]

The registrations continue to roll in and it’s so exciting to see all the fascinating projects that are in the works.

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