Welcome to the Howard County District Virtual Competition

Important Dates & Times

Wednesday November 14, 2018 at 6:36 PM
Wednesday November 14, 2018 at 6:36 PM


Howard County History Day Competition


Visit our Howard County Competition Awards Presentation.  A salute to all our participating students and congratulate to all our winners.

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.

The 17th annual Howard County History Day competition will be held in a virtual format in March 2021.  Contest entries will be viewed remotely by judge teams, via shared Google drive folders and file links.  

Student Interviews

In following the guidelines of the National and Maryland State History Day programs, we will not conduct student interviews as a part of the 2021 Howard County History Day Competition.  This decision was made in order to model our competition off the state and national no-interview formats.  Students do not need to be available the morning of March 13.  

As entries will “stand alone.” Students are encouraged to utilize the process paper and annotated bibliography  to communicate with the judges.  

Awards Presentation

There will be a virtual awards presentation to announce the winners at 3 pm on Saturday, March 13, 2021.  The presentation link will be available on the Community & Family Resource pages of both Secondary Social Studies and the Gifted & Talented Education program and can be viewed at your convenience.

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

Welcome to the Howard County History Day Student Registration page.

Student Registration deadline is February 17, 2021 @11:59 PM.

Project upload deadline for all categories is February 25, 2021 @11:59 PM

=> Be sure that your G Drive folder’s share permissions are set to “Anyone on the internet with this link can view.”

Please follow our Student Registration Instructions to complete your registration for the 2021 Howard County History Day Competition.

To begin your registration:


  • Go to the tab that says “Create Account” and enter your information. The “Create Account” option is also on the top menu bar.
  • Enter in your information as accurately as possible.  Please do not use all UPPERCASE or all lowercase letters to enter your information.
  • Enter your name and your project title as you wish it to appear in our Event Program and other event documents.
  • Additional Questions: Please enter other information as prompted. Save and Continue.







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 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.  Judges will be notified of their assignments by March 2nd and are asked to dedicate approximately four hours, during the first week of March, to complete this service.  Those volunteering to serve as Run-Off Judges will be needed for another four hours during the second week of March.  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:  Virtual 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 (or user name) as follows in order to differentiate between your teacher sponsor and judge emails.

EX:  JudgeKelly

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