Utah History Day State Contest Information - 2020
Thursday, April 16: 4th-5th Grades + Jr & Sr Papers
Friday, April 17: 6th-12th Grades
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Cost: There are no fees to register for NHD contests in Utah.
Confirm/Cancel Your Attendance Before: Friday, March 20, 5:00 pm
Documentary Entries Due By: Sunday, March 29, 11:59 pm
Paper Entries Due By: Monday, March 30, 5:00 pm
Website Entries Lock for Judging: Sunday, April 5, 10:00 pm
Papers: Upload a pdf to your registration profile AND send 4 printed copies to Utah History Day, 300 S. Rio Grande Street, SLC UT 84101.
Websites: All websites will lock for judging at 10:00 pm on the due date. Be sure to hit the “publish” button to save your final changes before this deadline.
Documentaries: Upload your project, process paper, and bibliography by 11:59 pm on the due date. Click for Uploading Instructions.
Exhibits and Performances: Due day of contest.
LOCATION: Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City, UT 84119 (map)
PARKING: Parking is limited at this venue. Consolidate vehicles as much as possible. Performance entries should drop off at the east/lower entrance. Exhibit entries should drop off at the west/main entrance. Overflow parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.
CONTEST SCHEDULES - tentative
Thursday - Youth Division (4th-5th grades)
12:00-1:00 Student Check In & Exhibit Setup
4:00-4:30 Awards Ceremony
Friday - Junior & Senior Divisions (6th-12th grades)
7:30-9:00 Student Check In, Exhibit Setup
9:00-12:00 First Round Judging All Categories
12:30 Performance Finalists Posted
1:00-3:00 Finals Judging
4:00-5:00 Awards Ceremony
5:00-5:30 National Qualifiers Meeting
* These schedules are subject to change.
- 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.
SPECIAL AWARDS (Junior & Senior Division only)
- American West (Charles Redd Center, BYU)
- History in Government (Utah State Archives)
- Immigrant Histories (University of Utah)
- Military History (Fort Douglas Military Museum)
- Science/Technology/Medicine (University of Utah)
- 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)
- World War I (Utah WWI Commission)
When Will You Receive Your Judging Time?
The judging schedule will be emailed a few days before the contest. Be aware that last-minute changes may occur. You will receive the final schedule when you check in at the contest.
All students will be interviewed during the first round of judging. There are no interviews during the final round. Remember, your project must stand on its own.
First & Final Rounds - Junior & Senior Divisions
All entries will be judged during the first round of competition. In categories with more than 10 entries, morning judges will select the top entries to advance to the final round.
Performance students may be called back to perform again in the afternoon. Finalists will be posted in the Commons at 12:30. Final round 1:00-3:00. Bring three copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography to give to the final round judges.
Documentary, Exhibit, Paper, and Website students do not attend the final round, which is judged in closed session. Finalists are not posted for these categories.
Must You Stay at the Contest All Day?
No. You should plan to spend time viewing other projects at the contest, but you are free to leave after morning judging and return later for the awards ceremony. (Unless you are called back for Performance Finals!) The building will be open all day and you may bring games, reading, or movies to pass the time. Or hop on the freeway to visit your favorite local attractions.
- Historical Papers will be displayed in the Commons.
- Websites will be available to view online.
- Exhibits are open for public viewing 7:30-9:00 and 3:00-4:00.
- Performances and Documentaries are open to the public. Enter and exit rooms between entries, not during entries. Spectators who fail to be quiet and respectful will be asked to leave.
Lunch is not provided for contestants. There are many restaurants nearby at Valley Fair Mall. Or you are welcome to bring a lunch and eat in the Commons. Food/drinks are not allowed in classrooms.
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. The Youth Division (4th & 5th grade) does not advance to nationals.
Winners Workshop: May 4 (Saturday)
National qualifiers should plan to attend this workshop in SLC, featuring experts who will consult with you on your project. You'll be able to sign up for an appointment during this day. Paper category consultations will be handled remotely. Students who live 2+ hours from SLC can apply for a remote appointment.
National Contest: June 9-13
At the University of Maryland College Park in Washington, DC! In the Junior and Senior Divisions, the top two entries in each category qualify to advance to nationals, and third place serves as alternate. Youth Division does not advance to nationals.