Each year approximately 700,000 students from across the United States participate in National History Day. NHD contests are divided into a Junior Division (grades 6–8) and a Senior Division (grades 9–12), with nine categories per division, which are grouped by presentation type and may include individual or group documentaries, exhibits, performances, websites or an individual historical paper.
The central Missouri contest begins on Thursday, February 10, 2020, with its virtual contest and concludes on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at the live exhibit and performance contests and the awards ceremony for both divisions and all categories.The top three finishers in each category represent the region in the National History Day in Missouri competition at the University of Missouri-Columbia on April 25, 2020. First and second place finishers at the National History Day in Missouri competition proceed to the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland-College Park from June 14-18, 2020.
Judges will begin evaluating entries in the Documentary, Historical Paper and Website categories on February 10, 2020. The regional coordinator will contact teachers to attempt to schedule in-person or long-distance interviews with these category entrants.
All students participating in the live contest will check in at Dorsey Gymnasium any time after 3:00 p.m. on February 27, 2020.
Performance entrants will proceed to Bixby Lecture Hall in the Brouder Science Center.
Exhibit entrants will set up their entries and leave the exhibit hall from 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. to allow time for the judges to make a preliminary viewing of the exhibits.
At 4:30, exhibitors return to Dorsey Gymnasium to be interviewed by the exhibit judges.
The awards ceremony for all five categories will take place immediately following the live contest.
Historical Quality (60%)
Analysis and interpretation
Use of available primary sources
Relation to Theme (20%)
Clearly relates to theme
Demonstrates significance of topic in history and draws conclusions
Clarity of Presentation (20%)
Presentation, written materials are original, clear, appropriate, organized and articulate. Entry is organized, visual impact is appropriate to topic.