Welcome to the Washington History Day State Contest

Important Dates & Times


Washington History Day
State Contest

National History Day is a dynamic program that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation and social skills. Students across Washington State select a topic related to an annual national theme. Students work individually or in groups to conduct extensive historical research using primary and secondary sources. Based on their research and analysis, students develop projects in one of five categories: research papers, performances, documentaries, websites, and exhibits. 

Students may elect to enter their work in regional History Day competitions, held in February and March. There are two divisions: Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades 9-12). Regional winners in each division advance to the Washington History Day State Contest. The first and second place finishers in each category have the thrilling opportunity to participate in the National History Day competition in June, held at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Washington History Day is the state affiliate of National History Day.


Questions? Contact State Coordinator Hannah Tofte

2020 VIRTUAL State Contest Results

View the Virtual Awards Ceremony Video Here

View 2020 State Contest Special Award Winners Here
Has your project won a Special Award? Congratulations!
You and your parent will be contacted by email to arrange for you to receive your prize.

View 2020 State Contest Finalists and Nationals Qualifiers Here
Has your project advanced to the National Contest?  Congratulations!
You must register online for the event.
You will receive an email from the online registration system (Zfairs) on Monday, May 4, 2020 with instructions and a link to register.
Please read the Registration Handout and Registration Instructions from National History Day.
The 2020 NHD National Contest will be a virtual event. Visit www.nhd.org//virtual2020 to learn more.
National Contest registration and project submission are due Friday, May 22, 2020.
If your project has qualified for the National Contest but you do not wish to compete,
please contact State Coordinator Hannah Tofte ASAP!


Congratulations, Regional History Day Winners!


You have advanced to the State Contest! 


Winning at the regional level reflects highly on your hard work and ability to use masterful research techniques to draw conclusions about the people and events that shaped history. However, your work is not quite finished! You still have an opportunity to sharpen your research and refine your project so that it is ready to compete at the State Contest. Students from around the state attend this event, and this is your chance to represent your region with your best work.

In the week following your regional contest, your entry will be promoted to the State Contest. You will need your same username and password that you used at regionals to access your account and register for the State Contest. Once logged in, you may edit your entry by accessing your profile or nominate your entry for a Special Award.  

Please let me know as soon as possible if you have chosen not to compete at the State Contest. 



Congratulations, History Day Teachers!


Your students have advanced to the State Contest!

Shortly after your students participate in their regional contest, their entries and your information will be promoted to the State Contest registration system. In order to access the system, your students will need the same username and password they used at regionals. To edit information for their entries (such as uploading a revised essay), they can access their profile by clicking their name in the top right hand corner and selecting “My Profile”. Once students are in their profile, they may also choose to nominate their entry for a Special Award.

Please let me know as soon as possible if any of your entries (group or individual) will not compete at the State Contest.  

Washington History Day Judges and Volunteers

Judges and volunteers are needed at all levels of the History Day competition. Judges evaluate the students' entries and provide the positive and constructive feedback that is essential to the learning process. Volunteers are critical to maintaining a smooth event, helping with registration, room monitoring, and other support duties.


The most important qualities in a History Day judge are kindness, fairness, willingness to listen, and the ability to provide thoughtful, written feedback. All other training will be provided.  You can request a judging assignment in a category that aligns with your profession, experience, or personal interest. If you have no preference, we'll find a category that needs your help.

Please complete an online registration to serve as a judge or volunteer at Washington History Day's State Contest. 

When registering, please consider:

  • Are you willing and able to attend the contest in person?
    • Most categories are judged on-site at the contest, but some are evaluated online prior to the contest. If you are unable to attend on contest day, we may be able to assign you a category you can judge ahead of time from your home computer.
  • Are you able to stay all day?
    • The State Contest involves both a preliminary and finals round of judging in most categories. The majority of judges are needed in the morning and early afternoon for the preliminary round of judging. However, we need around 50 of these judges to stay into the late afternoon to judge a finals round as well. 

Lunch will be provided for all volunteers and judges.





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