Important Dates & Times

Wednesday January 01, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Wednesday February 05, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Thursday February 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Thursday February 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Thursday February 20, 2020 at 9:00 AM

NHD Rule Book

You can download and review a pdf copy of the National History Day Rule Book by clicking on the following link.

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Student Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves, both in-person and online, in a manner that brings credit to themselves, their schools and the affiliates they represent. Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the students in their charge.

NHD Rules and Policies for Participants 

Please remember that National History Day Georgia is concerned not only for the safety and well-being of students but also for upholding the wishes of parents, teachers, school principals and the many supporters who have a vested interest in the students' participation.  As contest guests, you are expected to abide by the following rules. Please observe the following:

You may not physically harm, threaten to harm, or harass any person, including provoking and/or engaging in physical fights or malicious pranks.

Alcoholic beverages or other drugs are expressly prohibited except those prescribed by a physician.

Possession of any weapon, firecracker/explosive or other flammable material is prohibited.

You may not tamper with the fire system or fire safety equipment.  You may not set or fuel a fire of any size.

You are responsible for complying with the requests of all chaperones, NHD Georgia staff, and contest personnel, including cooperating in cases where you are aware of rules being broken by others. 

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Welcome to the 2019 Thomas County Regional Contest!

February 20th, 2020, at Thomas County Middle School

Check-in will begin at 8:00 am at Thomas County Middle School Media Center. 

NOTE:  All students must be accompanied by and under the supervision of a parent, guardian or her/his teacher or school administrator at ALL times while on campus.

Schedule of the day (subject to change)
**Schedule and important reminders can be found HERE**

  • 8:00  Registration

  • 9:00 Judging Begins

  • 2:30 Award Ceremony (Media Center

Category Specific Instructions:

  • Historical Papers are judged in advance of the state contest, therefore, they will not be interviewed at the contestPlease submit your paper into this contest website by 2-05-2020. Students in the paper category are not interviewed at the state contest.
  • The file name should follow this format: Lastname_EntryTitle. 

Example: Turner_ParksTakesAStandByTakingASeat.

  • Website entries should be built through the National History Day web editor. While completing the online registration for the region contest, you will be asked to provide the URL for your website  Be sure to double-check that you have submitted the correct URL free of typos and in the correct format. The URL you submit will be used by the judges to access the website.

Websites are reviewed in advance of the state contest. Websites will be locked for judging on 2-5-2020. After the lockout date you will no longer be able to make changes to your website, so be sure to have made all final edits prior to the lockout deadline. Website students will be interviewed at the Region Contest.

  • Documentary & Exhibit students are interviewed at the Region Contest. If all members of the group are unable to attend the contest, the remaining smaller group may stand-in for the team. 


  • Performance students are interviewed at the Region Contest. All group members must be in attendance for both the performance and the interview.

Please review the National History Day Rule Book for further information about category requirements. 

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Program Sponsors:

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Thomas County Schools 2020 Region Contest

~ TENTATIVE~ Schedule of Events and Locations

NOTE:  All students must be accompanied by and under the supervision of a parent, guardian or her/his teacher or school administrator at ALL times while on campus.

Schedule of the day (subject to change)

8:00  Registration

9:00 Judging Begins

2:30 Award Ceremony (Media Center


Program Sponsors:

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Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website

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Judge Criteria:

Student projects will be judged based on the following criteria: 

  • Historical Quality - 60% 
  • Relation to Theme - 20% 
  • Clarity of Presentation - 20%

How is an Entry Evaluated? 

Regardless of which category a student enters, the following principles of evaluation will be used in the judging of National History Day entries.

Historical Quality

The most important aspect of an entry is its historical quality, which determines 60 percent of the total evaluation. The judges' evaluation will rest on the students' success at conducting historical research, interpreting their research, and drawing conclusions. A superior rating generally reflects positive responses to the following questions:
  • Is the entry historically accurate?
  • Does the entry provide analysis and interpretation of the historical data in addition to an accurate description? The entry should interpret facts, not simply recount them.
  • Does the entry clearly articulate a thesis?
  • Does the entry demonstrate an understanding of the historical context–the intellectual, physical, social, and cultural setting?
  • Does the entry reflect historical perspective–the causes and consequences of an event, for example, or the relationship of a local topic to larger events?
  • Does the annotated bibliography demonstrate solid research?
  • Does the entry demonstrate a balanced presentation of materials?
  • Does the entry use a variety of viewpoints (e.g., those who suffered as well as those who benefited, males, females, individuals from different racial or ethnic socioeconomic groups, as appropriate to the topic)?
  • Does the entry demonstrate the use of available primary sources and secondary sources?

Clarity of Presentation

Although historical quality of an entry is the most important facet, entries must be presented in an effective manner. Thus, clarity of presentation is worth 20 percent of the total evaluation. Do not be carried away by glitz; simpler is often–but not always–better. The following questions will be considered by judges when looking at clarity of presentation:

  • Is the entry original, creative, well organized, and imaginative in subject and presentation?
  • Is the entry effective in communicating the significance of the topic?
  • Is the written material clear, grammatical, and correctly spelled?
  • In exhibits, are the title, sectional divisions, and main points easy to discern?
  • Are photographs and images appropriate in terms of content and location?
  • Is the overall project pleasing to the eye?
  • In a documentary or performance, is the script clear?
  • In a performance, do the students display stage presence?
  • Is the visual material clear and appropriate for the type of entry?
  • Do the students display adequate familiarity with their equipment?

Adherence to Theme

The entry must clearly explain the relation of the topic to the annual National History Day theme. This section is worth 20 percent of the total evaluation. The topic should be placed in historical context, and the entry must demonstrate the student's understanding of the significance of the topic in history. The entry should not confuse fame with significance. In other words, the entry should answer the questions "So what? Why was this important?" It should not be just descriptive. The relationship of the entry's topic to the yearly theme should be explicit and should be integrated into the entry itself.

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