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  History Day is a proud sponsor of Washington History Day. staff participate in annual workshops for History Day educators, focusing on strategies to optimize for use in History Day projects.  Requests for research assistance from students are answered with careful attention to challenging the students to find the necessary information themselves. staff historians regularly serve as judges at regional and state contests.

To promote student learning and research into Washington state history topics, acknowledges students and educators who have demonstrated excellence in History Day projects and creative teaching methods with annual awards.

History Day Resources 
Washington History Day website is designed to provide information for students, educators, institutions, and any others interested in Washington History Day.

Seattle Municipal Archives is a repository for primary sources on Washington state history and a great resource for History Day projects. On their website you will find information about History Day, including guidience on navigating the Archives’ rich resources and History Day topic suggestions.

Pacific Alaska Regional Archives in Seattle is readily available to help History Day students find primary resources to support and contribute to their selected topic. History Day Awards

For Students Award for Outstanding Essay on Washington State History presents an annual monetary award at both the North Puget Sound Regional and State History Day competitions to a student who has written an exemplary historical paper concerning Washington state history. The winning students also receive an invitation to’s annual HistoryLunch as special guests. The winning historical papers and author information may be posted on

  • Criteria: The historical paper’s theme must be on some aspect of Washington state history, and the entry must comply with History Day rules. At North Puget Sound Regional History Day, the award is given to the highest-ranked paper of those selected to move on to the state competition. Each of the Junior and Senior Divisions may have a winning paper.
  • Eligibility:  For the regional prize, the student must live and/or attend school in the North Puget Sound Region and participate in History Day as defined by National History Day guidelines. For the state prize, the student must live and/or attend school in the state of Washington, participate in History Day as defined by National History Day guidelines, and have advanced from a regional competition. The entry must be in the historical paper category and comply with category rules.
  • Requirements: The historical paper must be about a topic related to Washington state history and comply with category rules
  • For more information contact Washington History Day at, North Puget Sound Regional History Day at, or at or 206.447.8140

Previous History Day Outstanding Essay Award Winners

2012 - Junior Division: Cameron Holt, Housel Middle School, Prosser, The Bracero Program: Crossing the Border to a New Life, File 9483
2011 - Junior Division: Hali Han, International Community School, Kirkland, Canada/United States Border: The Line that Divides Us: Diplomacy's Role in Negotiating the U.S. - Canadian Border, File 9965
2011 - Senior Division: Kylie Heintzelman, Mt. Spokane High School, Mead, Hirabayashi v. United States, File 9958
2010 - Junior Division: Christopher Wiley, Housel Middle School, Prosser, The Combine Harvester: Innovating Modern Wheat Farming, Impacting the Way the World Thinks About Bread, File 9483
2010 - Senior Division: Jacob Ziontz, Shorewood High School, Shoreline, Far Reaching Rights: An Era of Innovation in Treaty Law in Washington State that Impacted the Rights of Aborigines Worldwide, File 9549
2009 – Junior Division: Alice Evered, Northshore Junior High School, Bothell, David Swinson Maynard (1808-1873): Father of Seattle, File 9167
2009 – Junior Division: Julie Xia, Explorer Middle School, Waking Up the World: The Story of Howard Schultz, File 9159
2009 – Senior Division: Katie Bailey, Kentridge High School, Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) One Man, One Microphone, One Murrow, File 9166
2008 – Junior Division: Kendal Crawford, Canyon Park Junior High School, Upholding a Compromise: The Unsolved Neah Bay Whaling Conflict, File 8611
2007 – Junior Division: Jacob Bruce, Kingston Junior High School, Trust in Treaties: How Tragedy Turned to Triumph for Puget Sound Native Americans, File 8168
2007 - Senior Division: Jack Hanley, Seattle Preparatory School, Bainbridge Island: A Close-Knit Community’s Tragedy and Triumph, File 8177
2006 – Senior Division: Rebecca Smith, Bothell High School Taking a Stand for Peace: How Diplomacy Stopped the San Juan Pig War, File 7765
2006 – Senior Division: Elliot Allen, Shorecrest High School, House Un-American Activities Committee: The Case of George Starkovich, File 7810
2004 – Junior Division: Emily Miller, Coupeville Middle School, Vancouver’s Exploration of the North Pacific, File 5708


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