Welcome to the Utah: State Contest

Important Dates & Times

Utah History Day State Contest Information

Due to public health considerations surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) the 2020 NHD Utah State Contest WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY.

How the virtual contest will work:  Students in all categories will submit their projects electronically. Neither students nor judges will attend a physical contest.  Judges will not interview students. Projects will stand on their own.

Results will be announced April 29 by email and on this website. Please adhere to the revised submission dates and instructions below.

There are no registration fees for State.

State Contest Results

State Contest Entries by Youth-Junior-Senior Division


 

DEADLINES (revised 03.18.20)

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 3, 10:00 pm  

Documentaries Due: Sunday, April 5, 10:00 pm

Performances Due: Monday, April 6, 10:00 pm

Papers Due: Tuesday, April 7, 10:00 pm

Exhibits Due: Wednesday, April 8, 10:00 pm

Websites Due: Thursday, April 9, 10:00 pm

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

How to Submit Your Project for the State Contest.pdf

Virtual Exhibit Template.pptx

Parents and teachers may need to assist students with their electronic submissions. Students will not be penalized for reasonable adult help.


SPECIAL AWARDS (Junior & Senior Division only)

  • American West (Charles Redd Center, BYU)
  • History in Government (Utah State Archives)
  • Immigrant History (University of Utah)
  • Military History (Fort Douglas Military Museum)
  • Science/Technology/Medicine (STEM Action Center)
  • Social & Civil Rights (University of Utah)
  • Trails & Rails (Oregon-California Trails Association)
  • Utah History (Smith Pettit Foundation)
  • Women’s History (Better Days 2020)
  • World History (University of Utah)

Special award prizes range from $50-$500, depending on the prize. Nominate your project for a special award in your student profile.


FAQs

Receiving Your Judge Evaluations

We will mail the judges comments directly to students at the address in your student profile. Please make sure you've given us a good mailing address.

Eligibility

The annual Utah History Day State Competition is open to qualifying students only. Top entries from each of Utah’s regional contests qualify to advance to the state contest. 

NHDWebCentral Help

Check out these User Guides and FAQs.  If you can't figure it out, here's the Help Link.

National Qualifiers Workshop: May 4-9

National qualifiers should plan to participate in this virtual workshop, featuring experts who will consult with you on your project. Stay tuned for details on how to participate.

National Contest Info

In the Junior and Senior Divisions, the top two State entries in each category qualify to advance to nationals, and third place serves as alternate. Youth Division does not advance to nationals.

Nationals is usually held at the University of Maryland, College Park (Washington, DC).  However, the 2020 national contest will be held virtually.


Contact Us: utahhistoryday@gmail.com

Welcome Students!

We're excited to see your project at the contest!

How to Know if Your Registration is Complete

1. Check your NHD Student Account.

  • Login to the correct contest with your NHD username and password. Find the Login button at the top right of this page. After you login, your name will appear there.
  • Click on the Students Main tab.
  • Look for two banners at the top that say Account Created and Waivers Accepted. (You may need to refresh the page to get the banners to update.)

2. Your teacher can check their MY STUDENTS list. A "thumbs up" by your name means that your registration is complete.

Your Student Account Lasts All Year

Your NHD Student Account is good for one whole contest year. Please DO NOT open a new account if you advance to the next level of competition. If you advance to State, your NHD Student Account and entry information will be transferred automatically to the State contest. 

You can access your NHD Student Account at any time to update the information we have about your project.

Write down your username and password and keep them in a safe place. You'll need them to access your NHD Student Account throughout the year.

If you change the title of your project, you should provide the new version in your student account. Please be sure we have accurate emails for you and your parent/guardian so we can contact you if needed.

To access your NHD Student Account:

  • Login to the correct contest with your NHD username and password.
  • Click on your name.
  • Select My Profile.

Chaperone Policy

  • All students must be accompanied by an adult chaperone while at the contest.
  • Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the students in their charge.
  • One chaperone may supervise up to 10 students. 
  • Utah History Day is not responsible for supervising minors at any time.

Student Behavior Expectations

  • Students are expected to conduct themselves, in person and online, in a manner that brings credit to themselves and their schools.
  • Treat other competitors with respect at all times.
  • Clean up your messes.
  • Pack out everything you pack in, including trash and contest supplies.
  • Do not leave exhibits or performance props behind.
  • We are guests at the contest venue and want to be invited back. 

FAQs

  • Every student will be interviewed by a judge at the contest. Students should be familar with their projects and annotated bibliographies. 
  • Performances and Documentaries are open to the public. Families and teachers should remain quiet and respectful to all competitors in these venues.
  • Judges' evaluation sheets will be returned to teachers. If you need to make different arrangements please contact the coordinator in advance.

What To Do If You Need to Cancel Your Registration

If you are in an Individual category and cannot attend the contest, please email the contest coordinator to cancel your registration.

If you are part of a Group entry, but other group members are attending the contest, you do not need to cancel your registration.

Welcome Teachers!

We look forward to seeing your students at the contest!  

How to Know if Your Students Are Registered:

Use your MY STUDENTS list to a) verify your students have completed their registration, and b) make sure their project information is correct. To access your list: 

  • Login to to the correct contest using your NHD username and password. Find the Login button at the upper right of the webpage. After you login, your name will appear there.
  • Click on your name (upper right) and select My Profile.
  • Click on the MY STUDENTS tab on the top of the page.
  • A thumbs up by their name means they have completed their registration.
  • Please double check their registration for errors. Are they in the correct category? Are group entries correctly linked to a single project? Let us know if there are problems so we can help fix them.  
  • You have the power to:
    • View and edit student/entry information,
    • Link/unlink a student to an entry by clicking on the student's name.

Your Teacher Account Lasts All Year

Once you have created an NHD Teacher Account, it is good for one whole contest year. Please DO NOT open a new account if your students advance to the next level of competition. When students advance to the next contest, your NHD Teacher Account will be transferred automatically to that contest with them. 

You can access your NHD Teacher Account and view your student list at any time by logging into the correct contest.

Write down your username and password and keep them in a safe place. You'll need them to access your NHD Teacher Account throughout the year.

Chaperone Policy

  • All students must be accompanied by an adult chaperone while at the contest. Chaperones may include school staff and parents/guardians.
  • Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the students in their charge.
  • One chaperone may supervise up to 10 students. 
  • Utah History Day is not responsible for supervising minors at any time.

Student Behavior Expectations

  • Students are expected to conduct themselves, in person and online, in a manner that brings credit to themselves and their schools.
  • Treat other competitors with respect at all times.
  • Clean up your messes.
  • Pack out everything you pack in, including trash and contest supplies.
  • Do not leave exhibits or performance props behind.
  • We are guests at the contest venue and want to be invited back. 

FAQs

  • Every student will be interviewed by a judge at the contest. Students should be familar with their projects and annotated bibliographies. 
  • Parents should not be near their child during judging times.  
  • Judges' evaluation sheets will be returned to teachers. If you need to make different arrangements please contact the coordinator in advance.

What To Do If a Student Needs to Cancel

  • If the student is competing in an Individual category and cannot attend the contest, send an email to the contest coordinator to cancel their registration. 
  • If the student is part of a Group entry and other members of the group are attending the contest, do not cancel. With the exception of Group Performances, group projects can compete even if one student can't attend. For Exhibits, Documentaries, and Websites, at least one student from the group must attend to present the project and interview with the judges.

Welcome Judges!

We are thrilled to have you as part of our judging team this year! Did you know that most History Day students work harder on their NHD projects than on any other school assignment? They are excited to present their work to you.  And we hope you come away inspired and energized by our young historians.

Judging Highlights

For a 7-minute overview of what you can expect as an NHD judge, click HERE.

Online Judging Portal

Everyone who judges at the Utah State Contest needs to create a judging account. Your State judging account is valid for judging the 2020 State Contest only. If you are judging for more than one NHD contest this year, you will register with each one separately. 

How to Create Your Judging Account: 

  1. Select Create Account above (along the top white bar of this page).
  2. Select Judge from the dropdown menu.
  3. Enter your name and email address, then verify that you are not a robot.  
  4. Provide your contact information and create a password.
  5. Answer remaining questions and agree to permissions and waivers.
  6. Write down your username and password immediately and keep in a safe place. You will need them for judging.

Note for Teachers

If you already have a state contest teacher account and would like to serve as a judge, please create a judging account following the instructions above. You may use the same email and password that you used for your teacher account, but you must set a different username.

How to Know if Your Judge Registration is Complete

  1. You will arrive at a screen that says "Thank you [name] for your registration" and shows your username. 
  2. You will receive a Registration Completed email from NoReply@zfairs.com.  You may need to check your spam folder.
  3. Please do not create multiple judging accounts.

How to Access the Judging Portal

After you have successfully created your judging account in the state contest, you will access the portal using the LOGIN button in the upper right corner of this website.  

  1. Login with your judging username and password. 
  2. In the upper right menu bar click on Judging  >> Judge Portal.

We Will Plan on You!

After you have registered to judge at this contest, be sure to mark your calendar and we will plan on you. You will receive judging details by email.

If your availability changes and you cannot serve, notify the contest coordinator at your earliest opportunity so they can plan accordingly.  Please arrange a replacement judge to take your slot if possible.

For contest information see the General tab.

If you have questions, please send an email to utahhistoryday@gmail.com.

 

 

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