Contest Information

Ohio History Day contests are divided into three tiers: District, State, National (see links below). The Youth division is for students in grades 4-5 and they only compete at the state level.

The 2015 Ohio History Day contest is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Here is some helpful information and contest materials.

Contest Materials

These materials will help you get started on your History Day projects:

2015 Contest Rule Book

Summary of 2015 Rule Changes

Introduction Guide (for History Day newbies!)


Theme Information

Every year National History Day frames students' research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year's theme is Leadership & Legacy in History. The intentional selection of the theme for National History Day is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding. In addition, it opens up opportunities for students to think creatively about history. For example, how can this theme also relate to science, literature, art, or mathematics? 

The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase student's historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time and between disciplines.

2015 Theme Sheet PDF

2015 Theme Book PDF

2015 Ohio Topics

2015 National History Day Theme Page

Upcoming Themes (subject to change)

2016: Migration and Movement in History: People, Places, Ideas

2017: Taking a Stand in History

2018: Triumph and Tragedy in History

2019: Conflict and Compromise in History

2020: Communication in History


Judging Forms and Instructions

All National History Day projects are judged by the same criteria and all National History Day judges receive the same set of instructions on how to evaluate projects. These dedicated volunteers take their judging responsibilities very seriously and strive to give students a fair assessment and meaningful feedback. Here are the criteria they use:

Judging Instructions

Evaluation Forms

District Contests

District Contests

District contact information and dates


State Contest

State Contest

Information about Ohio History Day held at OSU in Columbus in April.


National Contest

National Contest

Information about National History Day held at the University of Maryland in June.


Youth Division

Youth Division

Information for students and teachers in grades 4-5.