For the 2020 Virginia District 5 competition, each school is encouraged to register up to the top two projects for individual and groups in each category. In the case of a tie for second place at the school level, please petition the District Coordinator on a case by case basis. Homeschool students and students whose schools do not compete are welcome to enter with their parent listed as the teacher sponsor.
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Competition Date

Registration Deadline

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

2020 National History Day Theme: Breaking Barriers in History

National History Day is a project-based history competition for students grades 6 through 12. Students complete an individual or group project that relates to the year’s theme in one of five categories: Historical Paper, Website, Documentary, Exhibit, or Performance. 

For more information about how to get started and rules, visit the National History Day contest page. 

For more information about how to get started and videos for each entry type, visit National History Day Teacher Resources.

Looking for examples of past winning projects to show your students? Visit the National History Day Project Categories page for examples from every category. Remember, while the overall presentation is important, the historical research and analysis carry the most weight in the judging process. This includes being historically accurate, analyzing information (not simply listing facts), placing the topic in historical context, using primary resources, and finding a wide array of sources. 

Registration Information

Registration closes Tuesday, February 18, 2020. 
To register click the "National History Day Virginia District 5 Registration" button above. Please Note: Registration typically takes up to 4 days to complete. Do not wait until the last minute!

  • Recommended deadline for school competitions: FEBRUARY 13, 2020. This will give students ample time to make changes prior to the Virginia District 5 Deadline. 
  • Schools with more than 2 entries for any category should host a mini-competition to choose the top 2 or 3 entries that will register for the Virginia District 5 competition.
  • Papers, Websites, and Documentaries are judged prior to the competition and must be completed and submitted by Thursday, February 20, 2019. Please see the Papers, Websites, and Documentaries Registration section below for additional registration information.
  • Exhibit and Performance entries have until the day of the competition to make changes. 

Paper and Website Submission Deadline

Papers and websites are judged prior to the competition and cannot be changed after the registration deadline. All entries competing in the Paper and Website categories must be completed and submitted by February 20, 2020

  • Papers Entries in the Paper category must be emailed, with the annotated bibliography, to Virginia District 5 Coordinator, Michele Longo, at by February 20, 2020.
  • Websites Entries in the Website category must be published through the NHD Website portal by February 20, 2020. 

Documentary Submission Deadline

Documentaries must be submitted before the competition and cannot be changed after the registration deadline. All entries competing in the Documentary categories must be completed and submitted by February 20, 2020.

  • Documentary Entries must be uploaded to YouTube and the link and annotated bibliography emailed to Virginia District 5 Coordinator, Michele Longo, at by February 20, 2020.
  • Documentaries can be uploaded by the student, teacher, or parent. 
  • Documentaries must be uploaded with the same title they are registered under

Registration Fees

2020 Registration Fee: $10 per student due by Tuesday, February 18, 2020. One payment per school, please. 

  • All payments should include the school’s name, a list of students covered, and a note indicating it is for the Virginia District 5 National History Day Competition. All payments should be received prior to the competition.  
  • For Group Projects: All students in a group must register for a project to be considered during judging. Not all group members are required to be present at the competition. 
  • Payments can be made online via credit card or via checks made payable to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association and mailed to: Mount Vernon Education Department, ATTN: District 5 NHD Competition, PO Box 3600, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

For more information or questions, please contact: Michele Longo, Virginia District 5 Coordinator,


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