Welcome to the Olympic Regional History Day Contest

Important Dates & Times

Welcome to the Olympic Regional History Day Contest!


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Contest Status: As of 3/13, the contest will be done virtually. Students will be converting projects to a digital format, following guidelines that were sent out to their instructors on 3/13. Please contact teachers or coordinators with any questions.

Virtual Contest Info: Rules and resources for virtual projects can be found on the "Day of Contest" section of the contest information. PLEASE READ ALL RULES CAREFULLY. We will provide guidance for improper submissions as much as we can, but we cannot vet every single project. All submissions will be due by the end of the day on March 23rd.

Our contest will take place on Monday, March 23rd, 2020 at Olympic College in Bremerton. Entry fee is $10.00 per student.

For further information about the Washington State History Day program, please visit their website.


Tom O'Loughlin

School: (360) 874-6160
Cell: (253) 307-6797
Fax: (360) 874-6440

Megan Garbett-Styger

Cell: (406) 381-3377

*: Email, call or text Joshua if you have any technical issues

Payment Info

Please send one check for all fees made out to "Olympic Regional History Day Contest" and mail it to the following address by February 15, 2020:

Tom O'Loughlin
c/o Jim Sawatzki

2917 N 22nd
Tacoma WA, 98406

Welcome Students to the Olympic Regional History Contest!

All Historical Papers and Annotated Bibliographies must be converted to a PDF file and uploaded on the Registration Page by February 21, 2020, 9:00 PM. It is the same deadline for the Individual and Group Websites. NHD will lock the Websites on the same date, same time. The Websites will be unlocked after the Olympic Regional Contest is finished on March 23. Students presenting Historical Papers and Websites will be interviewed at the Olympic Regional Contest on March 23.

All other NHD Categories, such as Exhibits, Performances, and Documentaries will be presented at Olympic College, Bremerton, on Monday, March 23. Preliminary judging will begin at 9:00 AM and Finals judging will begin after lunch. The Awards Ceremony will take place sometime after 2:00 in the Gym that is attached to the Bremmer Student Center. Lunch may be purchased at the Bremmer Student Center. The Student Bookstore will also be open. Olympic College students will be on their Spring Break so some student services may be limited.

We are excited that you are participating in the NHD Olympic Regional Contest this year! We look forward to seeing your finished projects and talking with you about them.

Welcome Olympic Region History Day Teachers!

The 2020 Olympic Regional contest will be held Monday, March 23, 2019, at Olympic College, Bremerton. The registration deadline is Saturday, February 15, 2020.

The deadline for all website entries and historical papers is February 21, 2020. Websites will be locked by 9:00 PM that night. Students will need to convert their Historical Papers and Annotated Bibliographies and upload them on the Registration Site by February 21, 2020.

Remember that all websites must be created within National History Day’s NHDWebCentral system.  Students must publish the URL number they will be assigned in their registration.  All category rules and directions are available for free download from NHD.org. 

The Washington State History Day Contest date and place are still being decided. The information will be sent as soon as those decisions are made. Thank you for your patience.

Our Regional Contest will run as in recent years, with classrooms in the Humanities and Student Services Building for the Exhibits, Documentaries, Performances, Historical Papers and Websites. The Awards ceremony will be held in the Bremer Student Center gym. The kitchen will be open for students to purchase food. 

All title pages for every category will now include a word count for the entry. This is an attempt to get students to be proactive in self-monitoring their compliance with traditional rules.  

Websites have two rule updates. All quotes and visuals must be credited inside the website in the same manner as are exhibits – on the page and in the bibliography. Also, student may embed a grand total of four minutes of multimedia into their website, divided into any increments they believe appropriate. 

Finally, NHD has ruled nationally – and I believe appropriately – that no project members may be added or replaced after the first contest. Coaches should have “heart to heart” conversations with any two-person teams, to assure each are equally committed to pursue History Day through regionals, past state and on toward national competition.  If one partner should bail, a two-person project would be disqualified from the next level.  Teams of three to five will hopefully survive a single deserter.

The 2020 Regional Contest entry fee will be $10 dollars per student since less money is needed for some costs. All schools are encouraged to have a building or district-based public display or competition, which may be used to identify projects worthy of regional competition.  

Each school building has a cap/limit per entries in the following categories:

Historical Papers: 5; Individual Exhibits: 12; Group Exhibits: 12; Individual Performance: 5; Group Performance: 5; Individual Documentaries: 5; Group Documentaries: 5; Individual Websites: 5: Group Websites: 5.

Thank you for your patience with our Olympic Regional Contest and State Contest. Jim Sawatzki, Coordinator of the South Puget Sound Region Contest continues to help with his years of experience. I will need help finding judges for the earlier Website and Historical Paper judging as well as for the judging and interviews on March 23rd. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Please forward this information to any other teachers you know who are planning to have their students participate in History Day this year.Thank you for the involvement of your students and yourself in this meaningful program. 

We look forward to seeing you on March 23rd!

Tom, Josh, Megan

Welcome to the Olympic Regional Judge's Main Page.


Important Times:

Judging Categories
Historical Paper & Website
3/4 to 3/20 (ending at midnight)
Performance, Documentary, & Exhibit
3/24 to 4/5 (ending at midnight)
Online (Due to school closures)


Thank you, Judges, for your willingness to evaluate National History Day Projects for the Olympic Regional Contest. Please complete the Registration Process as soon as possible. We need judges to evaluate Historical Papers, Websites, Exhibits, Documentaries, and Performances.

Instructions and judging sheets will be sent to judges for Historical Papers and Websites beginning on March 4th, 2020 and should be evaluated and ranked by March 18th, 2020.

Since we've moved to a virtual contest, instructions and judging sheets will be sent to judges for Exhibits, Performances, and Documentaries beginning on March 24th, 2020 and should be evaluated and ranked by April 5th, 2020.

The students, teachers, parents, NHD volunteers and staff are very grateful for your help with the NHD Olympic Regional Contest. Thank you.

Tom O'Loughlin      Josh Styger     Megan Garbett-Styger

NHD Olympic Regional Coordinators




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