Welcome to the Olympic Regional Contest

Important Dates & Times

Olympic Regional History Day

Monday, March 19, 2018, at Olympic College, Bremerton

Coordinator: Tom O’Loughlin                                                                                               

Marcus Whitman Middle School 1887 Madrona Drive SE Port Orchard, WA 98366           

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

Email: oloughlt@skschools.org


Please make checks out to the Washington State Historical Society and mail them to:

Washington State Historical Society

Attn: Katie DeMar-Aldrich

1911 Pacific Avenue

Tacoma WA 98402


Welcome Students to the Olympic Regional History Contest!

All Historical Papers and Annotated Bibliographies must be uploaded on the Registration Page or sent to Tom O'Loughlin, the Olympic Regional Coordinator, by March 5, 2018, 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 19. Students presenting Historical Papers and Websites will be interviewed at the Olympic Regional Contest on March 19.

All other NHD Categories, such as Exhibits, Performances, and Documentaries will be presented at Olympic College, Bremerton, on Monday, March 19. 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 2018 Olympic Regional contest will be held Monday, March 19, 2018, at Olympic College, Bremerton. The registration deadline is Friday, February 23, 2018. There is a new registration system that I will pass along as soon as I figure it out and set it up for our region.

The deadline for all website entries and historical papers is March 5th. Websites will be locked by 10:00 PM that night. I would like to receive the Historical Papers at the Marcus Whitman Middle School address above by March 5th; please make sure my name is on the mailing.

Remember that all websites must be created within National History Day’s “Webbly” web creation system.  This means that all website students must begin by visiting NHD.org and constructing each entry within “Webbly’s” closed, intra-web system.  This is so websites can be viewed and judged uniformly, and so they may advance through the state and national contests. All category rules and directions are available for free download from NHD.org. 

The Washington State History Day Contest is at Green River Community College –  at the earliest date ever – Saturday, April 21, 2018. The registration for the State Contest closes on April 4th; that is also the due date for the historical papers and websites. Our advancing projects will only have a few days to incorporate judging feedback and resubmit their entries to the State Contest. Make sure they make the most of their time.

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 2018 Regional Contest will have the same entry fee, $16 dollars per student, as last year. 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 may have a maximum of five Individual Websites and/or five Group Websites.

This is the first time I have coordinated a Regional Contest so I know I will learn much along the way; thank you for your patience. Jim Sawatzki and members of the South Puget Sound Region will help coach me along the way. I am very grateful to them. I will need help finding judges for the earlier Website and Historical Paper judging as well as for the judging and interviews on March 19th. 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. Much of the past information related to our region is incomplete. Thank you for the involvement of your students and yourself in this meaningful program.

Happy New Year!



Welcome to the Olympic Regional Judge's Main Page.

Historical Papers will be submitted by students for judging by March 5, 2018, 9:00 PM. Students will upload the Historical Papers and Annotated Bibliographies as a PDF to the registration page or they will send the papers as an email attachment to the Olympic Regional Coordinator. The papers will then be accessed by or forwarded to the judges soon after the deadline so the papers will be judged and ranked before the Olympic Regional Contest. One of the judges will need to attend the Olympic Regional Contest to interview students about their papers.

Websites will be locked on March 5, 2018, before or at 9:00 PM so judges will have enough time to judge and rank the Individual and Group websites. One judge from each evaluation team will need to attend the Olympic Regional Contest on March 19 to interview students who submitted Websites.

Rubrics and judging sheets will be sent to judges for Historical Papers and Websites soon.

Judging for other categories will occur at Olympic College, Bremerton, on March 19. Judges are asked to be at OC by 7:45 AM for training and judging will begin at 9:00 AM. Check-in for judges, training, meeting, and general headquarters will be in the North South Conference Room at the Bremmer Student Center. A Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for all Judges and Volunteers. We are very grateful for your help with the Regional part of the National History Day Program. Tom O'Loughlin, the Olympic Regional Coordinator, is new at this role this year so please be patient. Thank you.



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