Welcome to the Northwest Region Virtual History Day Contest

Important Dates & Times


Virtual Northwest Region History Day Contest

Saturday, 6 March 2021

No physical site for the contest in 2021 (virtual event).


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 2021 NHD theme is Communication in History: the Key to Understanding. 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 likely to be a virtual contest in late April, 2021. Students who finish in first or second place at the State contest in each category qualify for the National Contest in June, which will also be a virtual event in 2021. 


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


2021 Registration and Project Due Dates
Registration Opens: Monday, November 30, 2020
Registration Closes: Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9:00 p.m.
Papers Due (upload PDF to registration system): Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9:00 p.m.
Websites Due (URL added to registration system): Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9:00 p.m.
Websites Lock (no longer able to edit in NHDWebCentral): Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9:00 p.m.
Exhibits Due (uploaded to registration system): Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9:00 p.m.
Documentaries Due (uploaded to registration system): Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9:00 p.m.
Performances Due (uploaded to registration system): Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9:00 p.m.
Contest results will be announced on Saturday, March 6, 2021.
Remember to read and use the NEW Contest Rule Book when preparing your History Day projects for the 2021 contests!


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."

Virtual Northwest History Day Contest


Teacher Registration


Welcome teachers!  You may begin your registration for the Virtual 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 6 March contest closes at 9:00 p.m. on 8 February.  All entries must be submitted before 9:00 p.m. on 8 February.

There is NO cost to you and your students to participate in this regional contest.  There is also NO student or teacher registration fee for the state contest.

 We are asking teachers to reach out to members of their community to ask those committed to educating our youth to serve as judges.  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 a judge.


Questions?  Email Randy Schnabel

Virtual 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.  You will be part of a team of two or three judges who will arrive at a consensus to determine the rank order of projects using the national rubrics for NHD. 

All contest entries will be evaluated in February.  In recent years when the contest has taken place in person, websites and papers have been evaluated online ahead of time, while exhibits, documentaries, and performances have been evaluated in person on contest day. However, for this year's virtual event, all students will submit their projects in February and all project types will be evaluated online prior to Saturday, March 6, at which time winners will be announced.  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.  Judging in all categories will require some level of comfort in using computer technology.  (Note:  I judged in last year's virtual state contest with no difficulty even though I remain barely computer literate.)

Thank you so much for being willing to judge at the contest!  

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





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