Welcome to the Northwest Region History Day Contest

Important Dates & Times


Northwest Region History Day Contest


Saturday, 7 March 2020

Anacortes Middle School

2200 M Avenue

Anacortes, WA 98221


Coordinator:  Randy Schnabel


Welcome to the home page for the Northwest Region History Day Contest.  National History Day is a challenging and fun event that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analytical, presentation, and social skills. Working individually or in groups, Junior Division (grades 6-8) and Senior Division (grades 9-12) students select a topic related to an annual theme. The 2020 NHD theme is Barriers In History. Students conduct extensive historical research using primary and secondary sources and then distill their research and analysis into one of five presentations: a dramatic performance, a multimedia documentary, a museum exhibit, website, or historical research paper. 


Eight regional contests are held around the state in February and March. Students may choose to compete by entering their project against others in the same division and category. Regional winners advance to the Washington History Day State Contest tentatively scheduled for Saturday, 25 April 2020, at Central Washington University. Students who finish in first or second place at the State contest in each category qualify for the National Contest, held June 14-18, 2020 at the University of Maryland at College Park. 


The Northwest Region Contest serves Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties.  


Questions? Email Randy Schnabel

Northwest History Day Contest


Student Registration



Welcome to the student registration site! 


Please make sure that your teacher has registered first. 


If you are part of a group project, have one group member register first and create the project entry. The other group members can then register with the project link


If your parents would like more information about the regional contest, please suggest they start with the contest home page and click on "Contest" followed by "Contest information" to find "Day of Contest."

Northwest History Day Contest


Teacher Registration


Welcome teachers!  You may begin your registration for the Northwest Region History Day Contest here.  You will need to register first, before your students register.  Once your students have registered, you may log in and view their registration information to make sure it is correct. 

A handy source of information about the contest for students and, especially, parents can be found by following the path from the home page to "Contest" and then "Contest information" and, then "Day of Contest." . 

Please note:  Registration for our 7 March contest closes at 9:00 p.m. on 10 February.  Website entries must be published and uploaded before 9:00 p.m. on 10 February.  Pdfs of papers must be uploaded before 9:00 p.m. on 10 February.

We wish there were no cost to you and your students to participate in this regional contest.  Unfortunately, we must charge $5 per student to defray the direct costs to us..  Please plan to collect funds to pay for all student registrations from your school and mail one check payable to "Northwest Region History Day Contest" to 5270 South Shore Drive, Anacortes, WA 98221.  Payment is due on February 10th, 2020, and overdue on March 7th.  The good news is that there is NO student or teacher registration fee for the state contest.

 We are also asking teachers to reach out to their parent community and ask for volunteers or judges.  Volunteers are needed to help monitor the judging rooms on March 7th, to make sure it is quiet for the presenters.  Judges are always needed to help evaluate projects.  All training is provided.  Feel free to send them the link to this site where they can register as either a judge or a volunteer.


Questions?  Email Randy Schnabel

Northwest History Day Contest

Judge Registration

Thank you so much for being willing to judge student projects for our contest!  Without you, this valuable student experience would not be possible.  Students conduct research on significant historical topics and publish them in a variety of creative ways, but need an audience and an evaluator to help them take their work to the next level.  Your feedback and input are greatly appreciated!

We will provide you with all the necessary training you need to give clear feedback to students.  We will send a preview of materials via email ahead of time and do in-person training on the day of the contest.  You will be part of a team of three judges who will arrive at a consensus to determine the rank order of projects using the national rubrics for NHD. 

You may choose whether you wish to judge before the contest (websites and papers) or on the day of the contest (exhibits, documentaries and performances) or both.  There are two levels to consider:  the junior level (grades 6-8) or the senior level (9-12).  You may rank order your preferred choices for judging.

Thank you so much for being willing to judge at the contest!  We especially appreciate those judges who can commit to serving as judges both in the morning and in final round judging in the afternoon.

Let me know if you have any questions: Randy Schnabel.





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