Sikh History Day 2020


Sikh History Day
THEME 2019-2020: Breaking Barriers in Sikh History

Sikh History Day is a program that seeks to ignite a spark among students that will push them to research and educate themselves on Sikh topics. We have an extremely rich history that is begging for young scholars to dive head-first into it. What we do is take the general National History Day competition and incentivize young Sikhs to study their own history and enter the competition.

So how it works? The County competition is usually in January. We hold our local competitions (Bakersfield, Fresno, 209 Region, Sacramento, Yuba City, and Bay Area) during later December/early January in preparation for the County competition. Find your county website and see the day of the competition here. We hold our local competitions using all the requirements and specifications for the national history day competition. If you win the local Jakara Movement Sikh History Day competition, you get a chance to present your project at our annual Sikholars conference in mid-February. If you win the County competition, you have a chance to qualify for the state and national competition.

There are 3 sections of Sikh History Day and you are allowed to compete in all 3.

  • Exhibit Competition - students will assemble a board/booth/poster for said topic and will cover the topic to the best of their abilities.
  • Paper Competition - students will write a research paper on said topic and will cover the topic to the best of their abilities.
  • Documentary Competition - students will produce and present a documentary on said topic and will cover the topic to the best of their abilities. 

CLICK HERE for examples of the different sections

This years topic is as follows:

Breaking Barriers in Sikh History

Students will spend the 2019–2020 school year delving into a topic based on the theme of Breaking Barriers in Sikh History. You will ask questions that lead you down the path of discovery of not just what occurred, but how it occurred and, most important, why it happened and what the consequences were. As you set out to research your topic, you will discover the basic facts first, but then you will need to look deeper. You will go on to examine the factors that contributed to the development of your event, its influence on Sikh history, and the effect it had on the Sikh community, Sikh society, Sikh nation, and the Sikh world.

Each year History Day uses a theme to provide a lens to study history. The theme is always broad enough so that you can select topics from any place (local, national, or world history) and any time period. Once you choose your topic, you investigate historical context, historical significance, and the topic’s relationship to the theme by conducting research in libraries, archives, and museums; through oral history interviews; and by visiting historic sites. This year’s theme, Breaking Barriers in Sikh History, requires you to view history through multiple perspectives.

The first series of competitions will be regional or local events in which students will compete among their local communities. The regions covered will be: Bakersfield, Fresno, the 209-region, Bay Area, Sacramento, and Yuba City. Each Regional competition will have a first place, second place, and third place winner. You will only be allowed to advance to the State Finals if you place at your regional competition. 

At the State Finals, hosted at Stanford University, you will compete for a grand prize.

1st Place: $500

2nd Place: $250

3rd Place: $150

To register for this competition there are a few requirements you must have completed:

1. You MUST be attending a high school as a student of that high school.

2. You MUST be a member of an SHSS at your high school; all dues must be paid!

3. You MUST be present at the competition that your region hosts.

4. Your topic MUST be pre-approved by the Sikh History Day committee before you begin working on your project.

If you have any questions or need ideas for a topic, please contact the regional community organizer closest to you!

Click HERE to apply now!
POSSIBLE TOPICS and other ideas!


For any questions or more information call/text Simranjit Singh at 559-779-4916.

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