Important Dates & Times

Thursday February 01, 2024 at 12:00 AM
Tuesday February 13, 2024 at 12:00 AM
Tuesday February 13, 2024 at 12:00 AM
Tuesday February 21, 2023 at 1:00 PM
Tuesday February 20, 2024 at 1:00 PM
Tuesday February 20, 2024 at 5:00 PM

Annual Theme:  Your entry must relate clearly to the annual theme and explain your topic's significance in history.

 Contest Participation:  You may participate in the research, preparation, and presentation of only one entry each contest year.  You may share research with up to four other students who are fellow participants in your group entry.  You may not create a common pool of research from which several entries are developed.

Development Requirements: Entries submitted for competition must be original and have been researched and developed in the current contest year.  Revising or reusing an entry from a parevious year - whether it is yours or another student's - will result in disqualification.

Construction of Entry: You are responsible for the research, design, and creation of your entry.  You may receive help and advice from teachers and parents on the mechanical aspects of creating your entry, such as typing your paper and other written materials.  You may seek guidance from your teachers as you research and analyze your material, but your conclusions must be your own.

Contest Day Setup: You are responsible for setting up your own exhibit, equipment, or props at the contest.  You may have reasonable help carrying them, but setup must be completed by you and/or your group members.  All entries should be constructed with transportation, setup time, size, and weight in mind.  You may use Region 16 computers and projectors, but must provide your own software if needed.

Required Written Materials for All Entries:  

1.  Title Page

2.  Process Paper (not required for paper entries)

3.  Annotated bibliography

* Refer to the Contest Rule Book from NHD for a complete listing of rules:


Setup Needed...

About Page

Tell about this contest (history, purpose, benifits, etc)


What to Expect During the contest

Students may set up their projects beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the contest.

Enter through the conference side of the building.

Public observation of displays will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Judging will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Students and sponsors will have designated waiting areas.  Please be in the waiting area at least 5 minutes prior to assigned judging time.

Interviews:  Students will meet with judges to answer and questions and explain research procedures, and any other information judges require, or you would like to share.  Please note the interview will not be considered to add points to the project.  The project must stand on its own merit.

After all judging has been completed and judges have had time to make final decisions, the Awards Program will be held in the Lecture Hall.

Following the Awards, sponsors will pick up judges' evaluation comments to share with students.




Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Website


Judge Criteria

Historians, educators, and others interested in history and education serve as judges at each level of the competition.  The goal of History Day is to provide you with a high-quality, educational experience - whether or not you win a prize.  The judges' evaluations are part of the learning and skill-building process.  The evaluations help you to improve skills and provide positive feedback for the hard work you have put into projucing your project.  The judges' comments can provide you with ideas for revisions and enhancements as you move from one contest level to the next.  You will gain research, thinking, and presentation skills that will last your entire life.  You will learn to manage your time and acquire poise and self-confidence.

Consensus Judging:  Judges will not assign a numerical score to each entry; rather, they will rank the entries in their group.  Judges are required to consult with each other in determining individual rankings.  Judges are encouraged to review the results of their category to assure accuracy in the evaluation process.

Judges must evaluate certain aspects of your entry that are objective.  But judges must also evaluate interpretive aspects of your entry that are qualitative in nature.  It is crucial for you to base your intepretations and conclusions on solid research.  Judges will check to determine whether you used available primary sources and whether you were careful to examine all sides of an issue and present a balanced account of your research.  Your process paper and annotated bibliography are critical to this process.  
Evaluation Criteria.docx

ALL Judging Instructions Combined.pdf



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