Important Dates & Times

Thursday December 17, 2020 at 4:22 AM
Monday February 01, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Saturday February 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Wednesday February 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Saturday February 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM

National History Day Rulebook

Above is a link to the National History Day Rulebook. The Rio Grande Valley History Day contest is a recognized state affiliate of the National History Day contest and upholds the rules of the National History Day rulebook.


The Rio Grande Valley Regional History Day has offered RGV students the opportunituy to participate in the National History Day Competition since 1999.  

Students in Valley middle and high schools, as well as home shooled students, participate in school district level compettitons at the Junior (6th-8th Grade) and Senior (9th-12th Grade).  Students may enter in a number of formats (paper, web page, performance, exhibit, documentary)  You can find the rule book here:  The top two winners from each school distroct in each category advance to the regional cometition at UTRGV.  Each student must pay a $7.00 entry fee ($10.00 for late registration)

This years's category is Conflict and Compromise in History.  You can find more information on History Day at :





Students who have paid are considered to have already pre-registered and do not need to check in.  

Students should plan to arrvive at the UTRGV-Edinburg Campus by 8:00 when judging starts. Competition will be held in the ESTAC Building.

Contestants should arrive at least 10-15 minutes head of their scheduled time in case of a cancellation.  Audience memebers are asked to kindly silence electronic devices.  




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

Historical Quality (60%)

  • Historical accuracy
  • Historical context
  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Use of available primary sources
  • Wide research
  • Balanced research

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

Below are the Judging Instructions for each category, which confirmed judges will receive with their assignments:

Documentary | Exhibit | Paper | Performance | Website




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