Everything You Need to Know about Ohio History Day 2022!

Ohio History Day contests for grades 6–12 are divided into three tiers: regional, state and national. All students must qualify by advancing from the regional to the state level. The Youth Division is for students in grades 4–5. Students participating in the Youth Division only compete at the state level.

 

Overview

Annual Theme

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Every year National History Day frames students' research within a historical theme. History is more than facts and dates. The annual theme is broad to allow students to explore topics in ancient, world, national or state history. Students draw a connection to the theme by understanding their topic's historical context and significance. The 2022 NHD theme is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.

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Sample Projects

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Need some ideas to help get you started? Check out what previous Ohio History Day students have done in the sample projects below.

Documentary

Exhibit

Paper

Performance

Website

Submissions

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See below for brief descriptions of the contest submission procedures for each category. Please note: For full instructions and required guidelines read the Contest Submission Guide.

Websites

URLs for Website entries should be submitted through your contest’s NHD registration site.

Papers

Students who compete in this category should upload their papers to their contest’s registration site. Please note, your original paper uploaded with your registration at the regional level will follow your project to the state contest registration if you advance to the state contest. If you need to edit your paper, remember to upload the updated entry before the registration deadline.

Documentary

Documentary students need to record and save their projects in .MP4 format and their required paperwork as a PDF. These will then be uploaded to your contest’s registration site.

Exhibit

All exhibit participants are required to create a physical exhibit for all regional and the state Ohio History Day contests. We also ask that you take photos of your exhibit and organize them into a slide show as a backup in the event that the contest is not able to be held in person as planned. This backup must be submitted using either this Google Slides or this PowerPoint template.

Performance

All performances will take place live at the in-person contests. Students must also submit a recording of your performance as an .MP4 file. This recording will act solely as a backup and will not be used for judging purposes if the contests are held in-person as planned.

Judging Process

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All judging evaluations will be collected, sorted by schools and returned to participating teachers 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 Ohio 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. Click to view the revised 2022 evaluation forms. (For a list of significant updates click here.)

Ratings: All History Day judging decisions are made by the consensus of the judging teams. In effect, History Day judging is a jury process where the judges have to reach a shared conclusion, rather than an arbitrary point system. 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 a combination from the original teams, will evaluate the final entries and determine state award winners.

Run-Offs: Be advised that there WILL BE judging run-offs in at least the exhibit, documentary and performance categories. We hold run-offs or a second round of judging for any category that has enough entries to warrant two-judge teams. The top picks from each judging team will then advance to a second round. A new set of judges, or a combination from the original teams, will evaluate the final entries and determine rankings.

Regional Contest

Regional events take place throughout the state from late-February through April. Click on the dots on the map below or the drop down menu for more information about our 10 regional contests.

Region 1

Contest Date: Sat., March 19, 2022 |
Contest Location: Virtual

Region 2

Contest Date: Sat., March 19, 2022 |
Contest Location: Virtual

Region 3

Contest Date: Sat., March 5, 2022 |
Contest Location: Virtual

Region 4

Contest Date: Sat., April 2, 2022 |
Contest Location: Youngstown State University

Region 5

Contest Date: Sat., February 26, 2022 |
Contest Location: Virtual

Region 6

Contest Date: Sat., March 12, 2022 |
Contest Location: Virtual

Region 7

Contest Date: Sat., March 5, 2022 |
Contest Location: Virtual

Region 8

Contest Date: Sat., March 19, 2022 |
Contest Location: Virtual

Region 9

Contest Date: Sat., March 5, 2022 |
Contest Location: Virtual

Region 10

Contest Date: Sat., March 26, 2022 |
Contest Location: Virtual

Region 1

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Counties:
Allen, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams, Wood
Register Here

Coordinator:
Dr. Kara Barr
Bowling Green State University
Department of History
137 Williams Hall
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
p. 419.372.8643
[email protected]

Contest Date - Sat., March 19, 2022 (Virtual)

Registration Dates and Fees:

  • Registration & Submission Deadline: Fri., March 4, 2022
  • Registration Fee: $10

2022 Region 1 State Qualifiers

Region 2

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Counties:
Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Marion, Morrow, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot
Register Here

Coordinator:
Jeremy Angstadt
Museum Services Manager
Sandusky Library
114 W. Adams St.
Sandusky, OH 44870
p. 419.625.3834
[email protected]

Contest Date - Sat., March 19, 2022 (Virtual)

Registration Dates and Fees

  • Registration & Submission Deadline: Fri., March 4, 2022
  • Registration Fee: $10

2022 Region 2 State Qualifiers

Region 3

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Counties:
Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit
Register Here

Coordinator:
Dr. Mary Manning
Cleveland History Center
10825 E. Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
p. 216.721.5722 x1503
[email protected]History Day at Western Reserve Historical Society

Contest Date - Sat., March 5, 2022 (Virtual)

Registration Dates and Fees:

  • Contest Registration Deadline: Fri., February 4, 2022
  • Late Registration Deadline: Fri., February 18, 2022
  • Submission Deadline: Fri., February 18, 2022
  • Registration Fee: $10 | Late Registration: $15

2022 Region 3 State Qualifiers

Region 4

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Counties:
Ashtabula, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage, Trumbull
Register Here

Coordinator:
David Simonelli
Youngstown State University
Department of History | DeBartolo Hall, Room 537
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555
p. 330.941.1601
f. 330.941.2304
e: [email protected]

Contest Date - Sat., April 2, 2022 (Virtual)

Registration Dates and Fees

  • Registration Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2022
  • Submission Deadline: Fri., March 18, 2022
  • Registration Fee: $10

2021 Region 4 Winners

Region 5

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Counties:
Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Stark, Tuscarawas, Wayne
Register Here

Coordinator:
Allyson Carlson
The McKinley Museum & Presidential Library
800 Mc Kinley Monument Dr NW
Canton, OH 44708
p. 330.455.7043
e: [email protected]

Contest Date - Sat., February 26, 2022 (Virtual)

Registration Deadlines & Fees

  • Registration Deadline: Sat., February 5, 2022
  • Submission Deadline: Sat., February 12, 2022
  • Registration Fee: $10

2022 Region 5 State Qualifiers

Region 6

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Counties:
Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, Union
Register Here

Coordinator:
Emily Volkmann
Museums & Programs Coordinator
Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
Ohio Statehouse
p. 614.466.9335
e. [email protected]

Contest Date - Sat., March 12, 2022 (Virtual)

Registration Dates and Fees

  • Registration Deadline: Tues., February 22, 2022
  • Submission Deadline: Wed., March 2, 2022
  • Registration Fee: $10

2022 Region 6 State Qualifiers

Region 7

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Counties:
Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby
Register Here

Coordinator:
Andy Hite
Johnston Farm and Indian Agency
9845 N. Hardin Rd.
Piqua, Ohio 45356
p. 937.773.2522 / 800.752.2619
e: [email protected]

Contest Date - Sat., March 5, 2022 (Virtual)

Registration Dates and Fees

  • Registration & Submission Deadline: Wed., February 16, 2022
  • Registration Fee: $10

2022 Region 7 State Qualifiers

Region 8

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Counties:
Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Warren
Register Here

Coordinator:
Tony Lawson
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Ave.
Cincinatti, OH 45203
p. 513.287.7000 ext 7201
e: [email protected]

Contest Date - Sat., March 19, 2022 (Virtual)

  • Registration Deadline: Fri., February 25, 2022
  • Submission Deadline: Wed., March 2, 2022
  • Registration Fee: $10

2022 Region 8 State Qualifiers

Region 9

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Counties:
Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton
Register Here

Coordinator:
David A. Moore & Gwen Daniels
Gallia-Vinton ESC
University of Rio Grande, Wood Hall Rm. 131
p. 740.245.0593
e: [email protected] | [email protected]

Contest Date - Sat., March 5, 2022 (Virtual)

Registration Dates and Fees

  • Registration Deadline: Fri., February 18, 2022
  • Submission Deadline: Fri., February 25, 2022
  • Registration Fee: $10

2022 Region 9 State Qualifiers

Region 10

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Counties:
Belmont, Coshocton, Guernsey, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Washington
Register Here

Coordinator:
Dr. William Kerrigan
Muskingum University
112 Cambridge Hall
10 College Dr.
New Concord, Ohio
p. 740.826.8273
e: [email protected]

Contest Date - Sat., March 26, 2022 (Virtual)

Registration Dates and Fees

  • Registration & submission Deadline: Thurs, March 10, 2022
  • Registration Fee: $10

2022 Region 10 State Qualifiers

State Contest

The 2022 State Contest will take place virtually on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Qualify for the State Contest? Congrats! Click here to log in to the state contest. Use your username and password that you registered with for your regional contest. For more detailed instructions, please view the State Qualifier Packet. Got questions? Reach out to the Ohio History Day team at [email protected].

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Special Awards

Interested in applying for a special award at the State Contest? Nominate yourself through your online registration, AND email us a copy of your process paper and annotated bibliography with a copy of the Special Award Cover Sheet. You MUST send in a full application for EACH award nomination.

All submissions must be emailed to [email protected] by Monday, April 11, 2022. Follow the instructions in the online registration system carefully. See the list of available special awards below.

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2022 State Contest Results

On Mon., April 25, 2022 we held our live Virtual Awards Ceremony, celebrating all the hard work of Ohio's students! Missed the ceremony? Be sure to check out the recording below. Popcorn and noise-makers are not included, but are highly recommended!

AWARD CEREMONY RECORDING COMING SOON!

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National Contest

The Final Stage! Each year nearly 3,000 students, their families and teachers gather at the University of Maryland, College Park for this week-long event. These enthusiastic groups come from all over the United States, Guam, American Samoa, and affiliates in China, Korea, Latin America and southeast Asia. After spending months researching and preparing their projects, and competing at local and state contests, these students are eager to show their hard work on the national stage. For more information visit: https://www.nhd.org/national-contest.

Virtual Contest Date - Sun., June 12 through Thurs., June 16, 2022

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2021 National Contest Results

Congratulations to the Ohio Delegation for an excellent showing at the 2021 National Contest! Students who were selected to attend the National Contest were among the top 1% of overall contestants in the nation. Of this group, we are proud to say that a number of projects were recognized for excellence. For a full listing of the national results, visit the NHD page. Please see the results for Ohio below:

Top Ten Finalists

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1st Place, Senior Paper
Kindling the Flame of Revolution: Communication and Committees of Correspondence in Colonial America
Student: Michelle Miao
School: Talawanda High School
Teacher: Kyle McGhehey

2nd Place, Junior Paper
Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Key to Understanding the Inhumanity of Slavery through the Power of the Story
Students: Omar Elbadawy
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Joseph Parrino

7th Place, Senior Group Exhibit
Woodstock: Communicating Peace and Love at a Time of Political and Social Unrest
Students: Devin Corrington, Parker Williams
School: Tri-County North
Teacher: Stacy Williams

7th Place, Senior Group Performance
Tinker v. Des Moines: The Student Led Fight For Free Speech
Students: Brendan Zbanek, Mary Basilion, and Zara Braun
School: Shaker Heights High School
Teacher: Joseph Konopinski and Sarah Davis

9th Place, Junior Individual Exhibit
Communicating Through the Centuries: Tu Youyou, TCM, and the Quest to Cure Malaria
Students: Jennifer Song
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Constance Miller

10th Place, Senior Group Documentary
What Hath God Wrought: The Role of the Transcontinental Telegraph in the Plains Wars
Students: Malachy Sullivan and Soham Joshi
School: Independent Entry / Student
Teacher: Tim Morford

10th Place, Senior Paper
A Script of One’s Own: Examining the Storytelling Impact of Nüshu
Students: Felicia Xiao
School: Independent Entry
Teacher: Tim Morford

Special Awards

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Equality in History Special Prize
Gloria Steinem and How Communication Shaped the Women’s Movement
Students: Cordelia Vanderveer
Category: Senior Individual Performance
School: Toledo Technology Academy High School
Teacher: Katerina Asmus

Outstanding Entries

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Junior Division, Group Documentary
A Misunderstanding Through Silence: How “Mokusatsu” Engendered Miscommunications that Influenced the 1945 Atomic Bombings
Students: Leslie Gimbert, Anna Kunkel
School: Walnut Hills High School
Teacher: Mitchell Perdrix

Senior Division, Individual Website
White Lies: The Propaganda of the Lost Cause
Students: Jaswanth Vandrasi
School: Independent Entry
Teacher: Tim Morford

Ohio Affiliate National Qualifiers

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Junior Group Documentary

“The Gate of Heavenly Peace”: China’s Communication to the World That the Key to Democracy Would Never Open China’s Communist Lock
Students: Cadence Guo, Joshua Sifers
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Constance Miller

Junior Group Website

BASIC: The simple code that powered the PC revolution and inspired all users to communicate with computers
Students: Joshua Chen, Stephen Parrino
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Joseph Parrino

Titanic: The Miscommunication that Sunk the "Unsinkable" Ship and Launched Key Safety Reforms
Students: Nadine Nouraldin, Chloe Leng, Reyna Uechi
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Joseph Parrino

Junior Group Performance

Alice Paul and Lucy Burns - Boldly Marching to Communicate the Vital Need for Women's Suffrage
Students: Ishika Chand, Yara Salam, and Manya Raina
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Constance Miller, Joseph Parrino

Different Dreams: How Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Communicated their Influential Messages to Troubled America
Students: Jad Alsouss and Manan Raina
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Joseph Parrino

Junior Group Exhibit

Operation Mincemeat
Students: Brandon Eardley, Jaydon Hallis
School: Menlo Park Academy
Teacher: Frank O’Grady

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Script: The Key to Advancing a Civilization and Shaping Today’s World
Students: Daniel Wise, Michael Grobelny
School: St. Barnabas School
Teacher: Judith Darus

Junior Individual Documentary

The Cleveland Free-Net: How a Case Western Reserve University Experiment Opened a New World of Communication
Students: Angela D’Souza
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Constance Miller

Thomas Nast: Fighting Corruption One Cartoon At A Time
Students: Joshua Gordon
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Constance Miller

Junior Individual Website

President Reagan's Speech: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
Students: Ethan Chen
School: Menlo Park Academy
Teacher: Frank O’Grady

FDR Fireside Chats
Students: Dae Kim
School: Menlo Park Academy
Teacher: Frank O’Grady

Junior Individual Performance

The Story of FDR’s Fireside Chats, as told by "Deputy President" Harry Hopkins
Students: Jackson Kenny
School: Menlo Park Academy
Teacher: Frank O’Grady

How the Diary of Anne Frank Changed the World
Students: Maddie Suma
School: Menlo Park Academy
Teacher: Frank O’Grady

Junior Individual Exhibit

The Ghost Army: Communication and Deception by the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops
Students: Cehan Ahmad
School: Menlo Park Academy
Teacher: Frank O’Grady

Junior Paper

When Form Began to Follow Function: How Architect Louis Sullivan Changed the Way Buildings Speak to Us
Students: Grady Hogan
School: Blendon Middle School
Teacher: Lisa Patko

Senior Group Documentary

Lucasville: Through the Fence
Students: Juliana Barnhart, Kathryn Stone
School: St. Francis DeSales High School
Teacher: Colleen Mascarin

Senior Group Website

Influenza: The Failed Coverup of 1918
Students: Nicolo Moulhrop, William Lang, Ahmed Lasheen, Jonathan Jacques
School: Shaker Heights High School
Teacher: Sarah Davis, Joseph Konopinski

Publishing Political Perspectives for the Public: Puck Magazine
Students: Nick Luther, Owen Tolbert, Dylan Lamb, and Antoine Staten
School: Shaker Heights High School
Teacher: Sarah Davis, Joseph Konopinski

Senior Group Performance

I Am Not a Weakling: How the Pentagon Papers Altered Communication Between the United States Government and Its People
Students: Maria Krouse, Anna Welsh
School: Shaker Heights High School
Teacher: Joseph Konopinski

Senior Group Exhibit

Communicating in Secret: The Culper Spy Ring
Students: Lillian Toth, Colten Vanwinkle
School: Tri-County North
Teacher: Stacy Williams

Senior Individual Documentary

Everything I Know About Politics, I Learned From Saturday Night Live
Students: Elizabeth Dickerson
School: Maysville High School
Teacher: Lance Mcgee

Communication in Song: How Lady Day Paved the Way
Students: Laila Christian
School: Shaker Heights High School
Teacher: Sarah Davis

Senior Individual Website

Communication During WWII: The Navajo Code Talkers and Their Forgotten Contribution
Students: Natalie Ham
School: Western Reserve Academy
Teacher: Sarah Hogan

Senior Individual Performance

The Sprinkle of Magic Created by Walt Disney
Students: Kaidyn Watson
School: GlenOak High School
Teacher: Angela Wagner

Senior Individual Exhibit

Vox de Commande {The Command Voice}: World War II 69th Signal Division Behind the Battlefield Communication in General Patton's March Across France
Students: Annalissa Hankinson
School: Homeschool
Teacher: Bethany Hankinson

Get Out of Prison Free: How the Red Cross Communicated with POWs
Students: Brianna Wagoner
School: Tri-County North
Teacher: Stacy William