Important Dates & Times

Monday December 02, 2019 at 7:00 AM
Thursday February 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Saturday February 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Saturday February 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Saturday February 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Saturday February 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Have questions about History Day? See the links below for a comprehensive rule book and for the sheets that judges use to evaluate students' work. If you have any other specific questions, don't hesitate to send an email to

The Rule Book is being updated. Please check back later.


Junior Division Schedules:

jr grp doc.pdf

jr grp exhibit.pdf

jr grp performance.pdf

jr grp website.pdf

jr ind doc.pdf

jr ind exhibit.pdf

jr ind performance.pdf

jr ind website.pdf

Jr paper.pdf

Senior Division Schedules: 

sr grp doc.pdf

sr grp exhibit.pdf

sr grp website.pdf

sr ind doc.pdf

sr ind exhibit.pdf

sr ind website.pdf

sr paper.pdf

We are so excited to host Region 6 on Capitol Square! We know that it might seem confusing our first year, but check back on this page for information about parking and wayfinding. The contest will be split between two buildings: The Ohio Statehouse and the Rhodes Tower. ALL STUDENTS AND JUDGES WILL CHECK IN AT THE OHIO STATEHOUSE, SO GO THERE FIRST.

8-9am: Registration (Main registration is in the Statehouse Museum Gallery. Exhibit registration is in the Statehouse Atrium)

9am-Noon: Judging of all entries (Statehouse & Rhodes Tower)

Noon-1pm: Exhibits open to public

1-2pm: Second round judging (Statehouse and Rhodes Tower)

3-4pm: Awards Ceremony in the Statehouse Rotunda

4-4:30pm: State Qualifiers Meeting in the Statehouse Rotunda

Junior Division Schedules:


Senior Division Schedules:


Each year more than half a million students participate in the National History Day Contest. Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. You will look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. After you have analyzed and interpreted your sources, and have drawn a conclusion about the significance of your topic, you will then be able to present your work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a website.

During the contests, the following categories will be open to the public at the discression of the judges:

  • Performances
  • Documentaries

The Exhibit Hall will open from 12:00-1:00 for public viewing. The Exhibit Hall is not open to the public during the judging period. 

Finals Round Judging will take place from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Students in the performance and documentary categories will need to be present for finals round. None of the other students will be informed if they have made finals round.


What to Expect During the contest

Please check the schedules and additional information at the bottom of this page.

Ohio History Day Region 6 Contest is on February 29th, 2020 at the Ohio Statehouse & Rhodes Tower

The Ohio Statehouse is located at:                                                          

1 Capitol Square

Columbus, OH 43215

Parking is available in the Statehouse underground parking garage for around $5 – make sure to avoid spaces marked “Reserved”. Please note, our garage is under construction. For updates, please visit If you are unable to find a spot in the Statehouse garage, there are many surface lots and parking garages around Capitol Square.

Locations: This year, the contest will take place in two buildings: The Ohio Statehouse and the Rhodes Tower (across Broad Street). Please follow signage and ask building monitors how to get to and from each building. EVERYONE should check in at the Ohio Statehouse in the morning.


Ohio Statehouse: You may enter the building from the underground parking garage or from 3rd Street. Everyone will need to go through security, which will involve walking through a metal detector and have items scanned and searched. You will need to do this each time you enter the building. Security FAQs:

Rhodes Tower: To get to the Rhodes Tower, leave the Statehouse at the 3rd St. entrance, turn left, and cross Broad St. You will enter the Rhodes Tower (30 E. Broad St.) outside at street level at the sliding doors (you’ll go under the scaffolding). A list of students’ and teachers’ names will be given to security and they will check in with them. Other adults will need to check in with security and provide an official form of ID.

Please allow yourself plenty of time to go between buildings, as there could be lines.

Here is some information to help you prepare:


•Exhibits- you must sign in and set up your exhibit between 8:00 am and 9:00 am. All exhibits will sign in at the Atrium on the first floor of the Ohio Statehouse. Please go directly upstairs to the Atrium when you arrive.

•All other projects – Register in the Museum Gallery on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse.

•Judging Schedule Times listed are final.


All judging evaluations will be collected, sorted by school, and returned to participating teachers during the following school week. Evaluating history is a subjective process, but criteria and methods have been established to achieve fair decisions. Here is a description of how the judging process will work at the State History Day:

Use of Evaluation Forms: Each judge will have an evaluation form for the entries they are judging. They are instructed to use these sheets to write positive, critical evaluations of each entry. Written comments are stressed in judging orientation because this is the principal feedback students receive from the event.

Oral interaction: Each judge, at their discretion, has the opportunity to question students about any aspect of their entry. This is most often a way to find out about the processes the entry went through to reach its current state, or to offer the student an opportunity to explain issues of their interpretation. The interview portion of judging does not weigh heavily in final decision making. All History Day entries are expected to stand on their own and be understood without the need for a student to explain or clarify their issues. During final judging, there will be no question-and-answer session.

Ratings: All History Day judging decisions are made by the consensus of the judging teams. Judges are asked to place students in the following scale: Superior - Excellent - Good. In effect, History Day judging is a jury process where the judges have to reach a shared conclusion, rather than an arbitrary point system.

Please Note: Ratings vary from one judging group to another. Each set of judges establishes their own standards for ratings. Ratings cannot be compared across different judging teams.

Final Judging: Categories with a single team of judges will have award decisions made by those teams. Categories with multiple teams of judges will have run-offs that will consider the top two-three entries from the initial judging groups. A new set of judges, or combination from the original teams, will evaluate the final entries and determine state award winners.

Run-Offs: Run-offs or a second round of judging is done for any category that has enough entries to warrant two judge teams. The top picks from each judge team will then advance to a second round and compete against each other.  Be advised that there are judging run-offs in all categories, but students will only need to be available for a showing of the documentary and performance categories. Run-off judging times will be posted between 12:30 and 1:00. Please be prepared to be available for judging in the final round beginning at 1:00. Students do not need to be available for the second review by judges for websites, papers, and exhibits. Information about the second round judging for exhibits, websites, and papers will not be available before the awards ceremony at 3:00 PM.

Final Exhibit Judging: Only judges and program officials will be allowed into the exhibit areas during final exhibit judging. Teams of final judges will evaluate the exhibits selected as finalists by the first round judging teams. The exhibit room will be open to the public from approximately 12:00-1:00pm. Student presence is not required or admitted for final exhibit, web site, and paper judging. Students should be sure that 2 copies of their research description and bibliography are left with the exhibit after the completion of the first round of judging.

Taking Down Exhibits: Around 2:00 or a bit later, students can take their exhibits down once the judging is done. The alternative is to take them down following the awards ceremony.

Award Ceremony: This will take place in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda at 3:00. Please make your way there by this time.


  • On the day of the contest, be sure to check the schedule available at the sign in table for any changes.
  • Remember to bring four copies of your written packet that includes title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography.
  • Students who made documentaries should bring a backup copy on a flash drive.
  • Be at the door of your judging location no later than 15 minutes before your judging time.
  • You are welcome to leave after your judging to grab lunch or walk around downtown.
  • Documentaries and performances who move onto the second round still need to be available, however.
  • There will be no public WiFi during this event, so please bring activities.

Junior Division Schedules:



Senior Division Schedules:


We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 29th!

Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website
Ohio History Day judges are historians, educators, and others interested in history and education. These dedicated volunteers serve as judges at each level of the History Day competition. 

Judges agree to look at three main areas of each project. Any person who feels they can comfortably evaluate these aspects of a project may volunteer to judge.

1. Historical Quality (60%)

  • Is the entry historically accurate?
  • Does the entry provide analysis and interpretation of the historical data rather than just a description? 
  • Does the entry demonstrate an understanding of historical context?
  • Does the annotated bibliography demonstrate wide research? 
  • Does the entry demonstrate a balanced presentation of materials? 
  • Does the entry demonstrate use of available primary sources?

2. Relation to the Theme (20%)

  • How does the topic relate to the theme?
  • Why is the topic important?
  • How is the topic significant in history and in relation to the NHD theme?
  • How did the topic influence history? 
  • Howe did the events and atmosphere (social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of the topic's time period) influence the topic in history?

3. Clarity of Presentation (20%)

  • Is the entry original, creative, and imaginative in subject and presentation?
  • Is the written material clear, grammatically correct, and accurately spelled?
  • Is the entry well-organized?
  • Is the visual material presented clearly?




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