Everything You Need to Know about Ohio History Day 2023!

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.

We're back in-person! Find the details for your regional contest, as well as the state and national competition below! Follow us on Social Media (Facebook | Twitter) for additional updates. 

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 2023 NHD theme is Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.

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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. Pay close attention to the requirements for the written materials (title page, process paper, annotated bibliography). Please note: For full instructions and required guidelines read the Contest Submission Guide (coming Fall 2022).

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 and written materials 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 written materials 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. Students are required to save their written materials as a PDF and upload them to your contest’s registration site.

Performance

All performances will take place live at the in-person contests. Students are required to save their written materials as a PDF and upload them to your contest’s registration site.

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: TBD |
Contest Location: TBD

Region 2

Contest Date: Sat., March 25 |
Contest Location: TBD

Region 3

Contest Date: Sat., March 4 |
Contest Location: Cleveland History Center/Case Western Reserve University

Region 4

Contest Date: Sat., April 1 |
Contest Location: Youngstown State University

Region 5

Contest Date: Sat., Feb. 25 |
Contest Location: McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Region 6

Contest Date: Sat., March 11 |
Contest Location: Ohio Statehouse

Region 7

Contest Date: TBD |
Contest Location: TBD

Region 8

Contest Date: TBD |
Contest Location: TBD

Region 9

Contest Date: Sat., March 4 |
Contest Location: University of Rio Grande

Region 10

Contest Date: Sat., March 25 |
Contest Location: Muskingum University

Region 1

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

Coordinator:
Becky Brown
Bowling Green State University
Department of History
137 Williams Hall
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
p. 419.372.2030
[email protected]

Contest Date - TBD

Registration Dates and Fees:

  • Registration & Submission Deadline: TBD
  • 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 25, 2023

Registration Dates and Fees

  • Registration & Submission Deadline: TBD
  • 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 4, 2023

Registration Dates and Fees:

  • Contest Registration Deadline: TBD
  • Late Registration Deadline: TBD
  • Submission Deadline: TBD
  • 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 1, 2023

Registration Dates and Fees

  • Registration Deadline: TBD
  • Submission Deadline: TBD
  • 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 25, 2023

Registration Deadlines & Fees

  • Registration Deadline: TBD
  • Submission Deadline: TBD
  • 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 11, 2023

Registration Dates and Fees

  • Registration Deadline: TBD
  • Submission Deadline: TBD
  • 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 - TBD

Registration Dates and Fees

  • Registration & Submission Deadline: TBD
  • 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 - TBD

  • Registration Deadline: TBD
  • Submission Deadline: TBD
  • 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 4, 2023

Registration Dates and Fees

  • Registration Deadline: TBD
  • Submission Deadline: TBD
  • 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 25, 2023

Registration Dates and Fees

  • Registration & submission Deadline: TBD
  • Registration Fee: $10

2022 Region 10 State Qualifiers

State Contest

The 2023 State Contest will take place in-person on Saturday, April 22, 2023.

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 10, 2023. 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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2022 National Contest Results

Congratulations to the Ohio Delegation for an excellent showing at the 2022 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:

Special Awards

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History of the Physical Sciences and Technology

The Montreal Protocol: A Successful Diplomatic Achievement That Resolved the Debate Over the Ozone Layer
Students: Siya Lakireddy, Aanya Lakireddy
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Constance Miller, Joe Parrino

Outstanding Entries

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Junior Division

Loving v. Virginia: Striking Down Interracial Marriage Bans
Students: Reena Sivakumar
School: Mason Middle School
Teacher: Erin White

Senior Division

Debating Reproductive Rights: Definition, Interpretation, & Uneasy Diplomacy in the Shadow of Roe v Wade
Students: Mackenzie Mathers, Abigail Fracker
School: Maysville High School
Teacher: Lance McGee

Ohio Affiliate National Qualifiers

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Junior Group Documentary

The Great Divide: The Bloody Legacy of the India-Pakistan Partition
Student: Atidya Mohan, Shashini Mohan, Nakshatra Mohan
School: Menlo Park Academy
Teacher: Frank O’Grady

Junior Group Exhibit

Dorothea Dix – Diplomat for the “Insane”
Students: Mariana Del Rio, Tarunika Saravanan
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Connie Miller, Joe Parrino

Barbed Wire County
Students: Emilea Gilber, Julianna Trudden
School: Genoa Middle School
Teacher: Deanna McDaniels, Leslie Thompson

Junior Group Performance

Meetings in the Monroe Room: Press Conference Diplomacy with Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt
Students: Brylee Preston, Daphne McCombs, Rory Martin, Elexis Ray
School: River Valley Middle School
Teacher: Lisa Richie

Jane Goodall and the Debate over Primate Intelligence
Students: Jonas Baird, Lilah Baird
School: Menlo Park Academy
Teacher: Frank O’Grady

Junior Group Website

"WE HOLD THE ROCK!" The American Indian Occupation which Sparked a Debate Toward Self-Determination
Students: Ayat Jaffar, Stephen Parrino, Joshua Chen
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Joseph Parrino, Connie Miller

Jane Addams: Debates of Her Diplomatic Efforts
Students: Onna Spiker, Joelle Moreland, Kaitlyn Sanders, Camdyn Tyson
School: Dresden Elementary School
Teacher: Molly Orr

Junior Individual Documentary

The Cuban Missile Crisis: Diplomacy of Kennedy vs. Khrushchev
Students: Jack D'Cruz
School: Menlo Park Academy
Teacher: Frank O’Grady

May 4, 1970: Four Dead in Ohio - The Debate Over Who is to Blame
Students: Oliver Sekorky
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

The Geneva Convention of 1949 - The Diplomatic Effort to Protect a Common Humanity
Student: Angel Commager
School: St. Barnabas School
Teacher: Judith Darus

Junior Individual Performance

Graham vs. Connor: the Successful Promotion of the Reasonableness Standard and the Debate Over its Failure to Hold Police Accountable
Students: Isabella Bixler
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Joe Parrino, Connie Miller

“They’ve Labeled Us the Hollywood Ten”: The Debate against the House Un-American Activities Committee
Students: Jackson Kenny
School: Menlo Park Academy
Teacher: Frank O’Grady

Junior Individual Website

The Portsmouth Peace Treaty: President Theodore Roosevelt's Double-Edged Diplomacy during the Russo-Japanese War
Students: Ethan Chen
School: Menlo Park Academy
Teacher: Frank O’Grady

Junior Paper

Hamilton vs. Jefferson: Early Republic Diplomacy and the Debate That Shaped the Nation
Students: Omar Elbadawy
School: Birchwood School of Hawken
Teacher: Connie Miller, Joe Parrino

Debate and Diplomacy in Cold War Spying: The Successes, Failures, and Consequences of the U-2 spy plane incident
Student: Neelesh Gupta
School: Lee Burneson Middle School
Teacher: Linda Worthington

Senior Group Documentary

Liberty Through Diplomacy: The Iran Hostage Crisis
Students: Taye Ziv, Henry York, Shawn Yu
School: Shaker Heights High School
Teacher: Sarah Davis

Toxic Waste Dump: The Debate and Diplomacy Behind Love Canal
Student: Jillian Nelson, Jonas Conn, Ellie Dew
School: Whetstone High School
Teacher: Krista Buckley

Senior Group Exhibit

Integral Integration: Story of the Little Rock Nine
Students: Annabel Coxon, Shelby McBee
School: Shaker Heights High School
Teacher: Sarah Davis

Concert of the Century: A First Lady's Diplomatic Fight for Social Justice
Student: Linnea Koops, Madeleine Fraser, Eilidh Horn, Julia Babic
School: Shaker Heights High School
Teacher: Sarah Davis

Senior Group Performance

The Kent State Massacre: A Debate and Eventual Failed Diplomacy Regarding Nixon's Honesty and Intension to End the War in Vietnam
Students: Parker Williams, Matthew Davis, Derek Combs
School: Tri-County North High School
Teacher: Stacy Williams

Abolition in Ohio: Plymouth Church
Student: Vivian Auten, Josie Mayhew, Matthew Huang
School: Shaker Heights High School
Teacher: Sarah Davis

Senior Group Website

Texas v. Johnson: A Case of Debate and Diplomacy Over Symbolic Speech
Students: Rebecca Chin, Liam Workman, Abby Gemechu
School: Hawken Upper School
Teacher: Kenneth Clark

Senior Individual Documentary

Dimsum Diplomacy: Chinatowns in America
Students: Annie Nguyen
School: Western Reserve Academy
Teacher: Sarah Horgan

"As Long as the Grass Shall Grow”
Students: Sophia Alleman
School: Ursuline High School
Teacher: Nicole Uerling

Senior Individual Exhibit

Scopes Monkey Trial: The Continuing Debate Over What Is Taught As Truth
Students: Nevada Williams
School: Christian Community School
Teacher: Michael Hoehn

Saloon Smashers to Suffrage
Students: Julia Filby
School: Shaker Heights High School
Teacher: Sarah Davis

Senior Individual Performance

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: A Diplomat Who Brought the Debate Over Women's Rights to the Public Eye
Students: Brianna Wagoner
School: Tri-County North
Teacher: Stacy Williams

The Pinochet Trial
Student: Charlotte Quick
School: Northview High School
Teacher: Ian Malcolm

Senior Individual Website

Banana Diplomacy to Banana Rebellion
Students: Ela Mody
School: Western Reserve Academy
Teacher: Sarah Hogan

Debate and Diplomacy: The Presidential Debates of 1960
Student: Autumn Barrows
School: Maysville High School
Teacher: Lance McGee

Senior Paper

Lack of Diplomacy in the United Nations; The Effects of the Negroponte Doctrine
Students: Sumedha Mahesh
School: Western Reserve Academy
Teacher: Sarah Hogan

The Defenestration of Prague: Failed Diplomacy between Catholics and Protestants and its Dire Consequences
Student: Ashley Allton
School: St. Francis DeSales High School
Teacher: Colleen Mascarin