Important Dates & Times

Tuesday February 02, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Friday March 05, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Tuesday March 09, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Wednesday March 10, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Thursday March 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Wednesday March 10, 2021 at 8:30 AM

Student Conduct:

Students are expected to conduct themselves, both in person and online, in a manner that brings credit to themselves, their schools, and the affiliates they represent. Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the students in their charge.

NHD Rules and Policies for Participants:

Please remember that National History Day is concerned not only for the safety and well-being of students, but also for upholding the wishes of parents, teachers, school principals, and the many supporters who have vested interest in the students' participation. As guests at the Univeristy of Maryland, you are expected to abide by the same rules the University has established for its students. To ensure that your stay is pleasant and trouble-free, you must observe the following rules:

You may not physically harm, threaten to harm, or harass any person, including provoking and/or engaging in physical fights or malicious pranks

Alcholic beverages or other drugs are expressly prohibited except those prescribed by a doctor

Possession of any weapons, firecrackers, or other flammable materials is prohibited. You may not tamper with the fire system or fire safety equipment. You may not set or fuel a fire of any size.

You are responsible for complying with the requests of all chaperones and Univeristy of Maryland officials, including cooperating in cases where you are aware of rules being broken by other students. 

Helpful Links:

If you have any questions regarding the regional contest, please contact your regional coordinators listed below. 

Contact Us:

Region 2 Coordinators: Dave Grettler ; Ric Dias

State Coordinator: Sarah Jacobs


What to Expect During the contest

Arrive at Northern State University before 8 am

Set up will occur, then judging will begin

Give the judges time to deliberate

Awards will be given just before 1 pm




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

Judge Criteria

Thank you for registering as a judge for National History Day! 


Rule Book
Judging Rubrics

Historical Quality (60%)

  • Historical Accuracy
  • Historical Context
  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Use of available primary sources
  • Wide research
  • Balances research

Relation to Theme (20%)

  • Clearly relates to theme
  • Demonstrates significance of topic in history and draws conclusions

Clarity of Presentation (20%)

  • Presentation, written materials are original, clear, appropriate, organized, and articulate
  • Entry is organized; visual impact is appropriate to topic



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