Welcome to the Howard County District Virtual Competition

Important Dates & Times


Howard County History Day Competition

Saturday, March 13, 2021 

Virtual Format - 9:00am - 2:00pm 

We are delighted to host our 17th annual History Day Competition in Howard County.  We are utilzing this site to manage our registration for students, teachers and judges.  Please use the appropriate tab above to complete your registration.


Please feel free to email if you have any questions. 

  • Kelly Reichardt, Howard County History Day Program Coordinator - kelly_reichardt@hcpss.org
  • Caterina Stoneburner, Administrative Secretary - caterina_stoneburner@hcpss.org


2021 Theme

2021 Rule Book

2021 Significant Rule Changes

2021 Theme and Contest Rules URL: NHD Website

Please Register your Project 

Dates to Remember:

February 17, 2021 County registration deadline

March 13, 2021 Howard County History Day Competition (Virtual format)

May 1, 2021 Maryland History Day Competition (Virtual format)

June 2021 National History Day Competition (Virtual format)





HCPSS Competition Timeline

December 22, 2020

  • Teacher must register on Zfair before student participants 
  • Preliminary participation commitment due
  • Lead teacher preliminary zFair registration due

October - December 2020

  • Students complete History Day Seminar modules 
  • School-based NHD teams establish school  timeline
  • School-based NHD teams partner to guide student research, historical analysis, project development, formation & finalization
  • SS teachers provide guidance to students during support time

January / early February 2021

  • Virtual in-school competitions held (support/suggestions forthcoming)
  • Each school may send a maximum of 10 student projects, with no more than two in any category.

February 17, 2021

  • County registration deadline (by teacher invitation)

February 25, 2021

  • Judge Registration deadline.  Each participating school must register at least one judge for the county competition.
  • Program proofreading/corrections deadline 12N 
  • Project entry upload deadline for all categories

March 13, 2021

Howard County History Day Competition (Virtual format)

March 31, 2021  

  • Registration deadline for Maryland State Competition
  • More specifics on category upload deadlines & requirements forthcoming

May 1, 2021 

Maryland History Day Competition (Virtual format)

May 2021

Registration deadline for National History Day Competition

June 2021 

National History Day Competition (Virtual format)




HCPSS History Day Judges

Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer judge for the 17th annual History Day Competition in Howard County.   This year's theme is Communication in History:  The Key to Understanding

Please complete your register here.

Judges will be notified of their assignments in early-March.   Please prioritize your judging preferences when completing this registration.   Every attempt will be made to honor your category and division preference; however, ensuring complete judging teams may require adjustment.    

The 2021 Howard County History Day Competition will be held virtually.  We plan to send entries to judges electronically.  More specifics as well as a detailed judge orientation will be forthcoming.  Our timeline is as follows:

  • 2/23/21:  Judge Registration Deadline
  • 3/2/21 - 3/7/21:  Virtual Judging Preliminary Round
  • 3/8/21 - 3/10/21:  Virtaul Judging Run-Off Round
  • 3/13/21:  Awards Presentation

Thank you for your patience as we launch our new registration system.  We appreciate your partnership!

Please contact kelly_reichardt@hcpss.org if you have any questions. 

**HCPSS Staff - If you are a NHD teacher sponsor and would also like to be a judge, it is recommended that you register your first name as follows in order to differentiate between your teacher sponor and judge emails.

EX:  JudgeKelly

Judges are encouraged to explore these helpful resources now:

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