Important Dates & Times

Saturday December 07, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Friday January 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Saturday March 07, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Saturday March 07, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Saturday March 07, 2020 at 7:00 AM
Saturday March 07, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Spectator Rules:

In an effort to ensure our student competitors have a fair and fun experience, Washington History Day has enacted the following policies.  Please take a few moments and read over them.  We thank you in advance for adhering to these policies.

  • Please turn off all cell phones while viewing any student projects.
  • Refrain from cheering during documentaries and performances.  Brief applause at the end is acceptable.
  • While walking/waiting in the hallways to view student projects, keep your voices down so as not to disturb the judging process.
  • Please do not speak to the judges concerning the judging of your student's project; contact contest officials with any concerns.
  • While judging is in progress, stay in your seats and do not interject with your opinions.
  • Do not enter a room while judging is in progress.
  • Please do not eat in the judging rooms or hallways.
  • Judges have absolute authority to remove disruptive individuals from the judging room if they deem it necessary to protect the integrity of the judging process.
  • All participants are expected to maintain proper standards of decorum during the event.  Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior will be asked to leave the contest area and may be barred from future Washington History Day competitions.  If appropriate, venue officials may become involved if unruly spectators refuse to depart or if other participants or property are endangered.

Judging Rules:

  • Every effort is made to ensure that judging of the National History Day in Washington competition is fair and accurate.  Any student, parent or teacher who wishes to comment upon the judging at the regional or state level shall do so in writing.  A response shall be made in writing.  No comment shall be made by telephone or through personal contact unless the relevant contest official deems it necessary, in which case the official will initiate or invite the contact.  There is no time limit for comments and no limit on the number of written comunications an individual may submit.
  • Judging forms will be returned to advancing students at the conclusion of the state contest.  All other forms will be returned within 30 days.

Student Rules:

All rules regarding student projects may be found in the NHD Rulebook.

East Puget Sound History Day Contest

About the Contest

National History Day is a fun event that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation and social skills. Working individually or in groups, junior (grades 6-8) and senior (9-12) division students select a topic related to an annual theme. They conduct extensive historical research using primary sources, articles, and books, then distill their research and analysis into a dramatic performance, multimedia documentary, museum exhibit, website, or research paper.

National History Day and its state affiliate Washington History Day provide leading-edge training and curriculum materials to help educators meet and exceed education standards. Annual workshops help educators learn how to adopt National History Day in their classrooms, while also offering strategies that make history education interesting, exciting and fun for students.

Students may choose to compete in the regional contest held in March, entering their project against others in the same division and category. Regional winners advance to the Washington History Day state contest, held in late April or early May.  The East Puget Sound Regional Contest serves the Lake Washington, Bellevue and Issaquah School District areas.

Students who finish in first and second place at State in each category go on to the National contest, held in mid-June at the University of Maryland in College Park.

East Puget Sound History Day Contest

Public Display

Visitors may view projects on the day of the contest, March 7, 2020, at Lake Washington High School.  Public viewing of exhibits happens from 8:15 - 8:45 am, and again over the lunch hour.  Other events are as scheduled.

East Puget Sound History Day Contest

What to Expect During the Contest

Where and when is the contest?

The contest is held on March 7, 2020, at Evergreen Middle School, 6900 208th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98053.  There is plenty of on-site parking.  Students may arrive at 8:00 am in order to set up their exhibits and or test out their projects.  They must be done by 8:45, since judging starts at 9:00.  Each student will have an assigned time to present their project, which will be communicated to them by their teacher.

 What should we expect on the day of the contest?

Students should plan to bring homework or card games to occupy their time while they wait for their presentation time.  Students will gather in the Common area right inside the main entrance.  There will be a registration table there, where students should sign-in at the beginning of the day.

All students doing exhibits, documentaries and performances will have an interview with a panel of judges.  It is important that each group or individual presenter bring five copies of their process paper and annotated bibliography (2 for preliminary round and 3 for finals if they proceed.)  They should be prepared to introduce themselves and hand out their paperwork, and then wait until the judges direct them further.  When asked, students should be prepared to talk about their research topic, what they have learned from doing their NHD project, and address any other questions the judges may have. 

Students who wrote a paper or created a website submitted their work ahead of time, so only students who made it to finals will have a judging interview.  They should bring three copies of their paper to share with the judges.

What should parents and students do while they wait for their assigned presentation?

After students have signed in, found their assigned room, and set up, they must wait for their presentation time.  Students and parents may wait in the cafeteria Commons (bring games or homework to fill the time), or attend other students’ presentations.  Being an audience member for other students’ projects is the best activity you can do to support your peers in the process.  Just remember to follow the protocol:  only enter a judging room between presentations (wait for the applause to signal this, or wait for the room monitor to open the door).  Please note that parents and supporters may not observe the interview or judging process of exhibits but there will be an open viewing time for the exhibit hall.

Also, please note that the library is OFF LIMITS to students, parents and teachers.  It is the judging room, and the judges need privacy to discuss projects and provide feedback.

Can we leave during the day?

Students need to be chaperoned by their parent or their teacher throughout the contest day, which will run from 8 am to 4:30 pm.   Students should check with their teacher about permission to leave campus.  If that permission is granted, then students may leave with a chaperone for lunch or other activities as necessary.  Students who progress from preliminary to finals in Documentary and Performance will need to be on campus to be notified.

Is lunch available on-site?

There is no lunch available on site.  Parents may drive students to local restaurants in Redmond, or students may bring a sack lunch.

What if I have more questions?

Please talk to your child’s teacher if you have more questions about the contest.  You may also contact Jill Berge, the contest coordinator.



Junior Group Documentary
Junior Group Exhibit
Junior Group Performance
Junior Group Website
Junior Individual Documentary
Junior Individual Exhibit
Junior Individual Performance
Junior Individual Website
Junior Paper
Senior Group Documentary
Senior Group Exhibit
Senior Group Performance
Senior Group Website
Senior Individual Documentary
Senior Individual Exhibit
Senior Individual Performance
Senior Individual Website
Senior Paper

East Puget Sound History Day Contest

Judging Expectations

If you have questions about the judging process, please feel free to preview the judging process as outlined in this slideshow. You may also preview judging expectations for each of the five required categories here:

Let us know if you have any questions:  Jill Berge ( or Nicole Kesler (  Again, thank you so much for being willing to judge at the contest!




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