Welcome to the Utah: State Contest

Important Dates & Times

NHD Utah State Contest Information

 

CONTEST RESULTS

Youth Division State Champions & Honorable Mentions

Senior Division National Qualifiers & Honorable Mentions

Senior Division Special Awards

Junior Division National Qualifiers & Honorable Mentions

Junior Division Special Awards

 

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2022 Contest Beta

Registration Due: March 24

Projects Due: March 27, 11:59 pm

Judging Begins: April 7

Contest Days: April 14 & 15

Interview Times

Location: Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City

The NHD Utah State Competition is open to students who qualify at an NHD Utah regional contest.

There is no fee to compete at State.

 


IN-PERSON CONTEST, VIRTUAL OPTION

  • Our 2022 contest will take place in person. 
  • Students may choose to compete in person or compete virtually. 
  • ALL students should submit a digital version of their project, in every category (details below).
  • Virtual students may request a virtual interview or may waive the interview. Students can select virtual options during registration or in their student account by March 24.
  • Contest schedules will be modified to disperse crowding and limit waiting time. You will receive your judging time and room in advance. 
  • Please help us limit crowds by bringing no more than one family member per student to the contest. One adult may serve as a chaperone for several students.
  • We are prepared to hold a completely virtual contest if public health circumstances change, and will notify participants in advance if this occurs.

 


HOW TO PREPARE YOUR PROJECT

All students must submit a digital version of their project by the deadline. Be sure to follow these detailed instructions for your category:

 


HOW TO REGISTER FOR STATE

Login to your NHD student account for this contest.  You’ll need the username and password you created when you registered for the contest. Follow the prompts, answer all student questions, agree to permissions and waivers.

Every student who WILL COMPETE in the state contest needs to register and upload their revised project on this website before 10:00 pm on March 24.

If you WILL NOT compete in the state contest, please email historyday@utah.gov before 10:00 pm on March 24 to cancel your spot. 

 


INFO: Why be a History Major? 

Join local historians Dr. Victoria Grieve (Utah State), Dr. Brady Brower (Weber State), Dr. Ginger Smoak (Univ. of Utah), Dr. Jon Felt (BYU), and Shavauna Munster, M.A. (Univ. of Utah) to learn all the ways a history degree is valuable! 

Recorded April 23, 2021, featuring live Q&A with NHD UT students. (65 minute listen)

 


FAQs

How to Access Your NHD Account for the State Contest

  • On this webpage, click the Login button (top right of page).
  • Login using the username and password you created for your first NHD contest this year.  If you have forgotten it, just send us an email and we will look it up for you. 
  • To enter your profile, click on your name.
  • Students will use their profile to upload their project files and keep their project information current. They will also use it to access their judging evaluations.
  • Teachers use their profile to track their students and access their judging evaluations.
  • Judges use their NHD account to enter the judging portal.

Covid-19 Policies

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, are exposed to COVID-19, or have active symptoms of COVID-19 within 5 days of the event, please avoid infecting others by staying home.
  • Our venue encourages mask wearing and social distancing inside the building.
  • Salt Lake County Health Department Guidelines
  • Email the contest coordinator to request the virtual option if you are exposed or become ill after April 9.

 


NATIONAL CONTEST INFO

National Qualifiers Workshop: April 29-30, 2022

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

National Contest: June 12-16, 2022 

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.

The 2022 national contest will be held virtually.

 


THANK YOU TO OUR STATEWIDE SPONSORS!

 

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Contact NHD Utah: wratzet@utah.gov, 801-245-7253, history.utah.gov/utah-history-day

Welcome Students!


 

How to Download Your Judge Evaluations

Evaluations will be available for students and teachers beginning April 20. To access them, login to your student or teacher account on this websiteClick the Evals button in the top white menu bar, then download.

 


HOW TO PREPARE YOUR PROJECT

All students must submit a digital version of their project by the deadline. Be sure to follow these detailed instructions for your category:

 

Uploading Revised Project Files

Please upload your revised project directly into your student account on this website. We will test all files/links and contact you if there are problems. Only one student needs to upload the project files/links for group entries.

  1. Login to your NHD student account for this contest.  You’ll need the username and password you created when you registered for the contest.
  2. Click on your name (top right) then click on My Profile
  3. Click on the Entry tab.
  4. Upload your project files and/or paste your video link into the upload fields for your category. 
  5. Double-check that your file and/or link shows in the fields. 
  6. Click SAVE at the bottom of the profile box.  

Watch the project upload demo for your category: Exhibits, Documentaries, Papers, Performances, Websites.

 

How Your Project will be Evaluated

Here's a handy guide to NHD's Judging Criteria and Rules to help you prepare for the contest. Double-check to be sure that you understand the judging critera and your project complies with NHD rules. 

 

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.

 

Your Student Account Lasts All Year

Your NHD Student Account is good for one whole contest year. If you advance to nationals, your NHD Student Account and entry information will be transferred automatically to the national 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.

 

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.


Questions? Please email tchudy@utah.gov.

Welcome Teachers!


 

How to Download Your Judge Evaluations

Evaluations will be available for students and teachers beginning April 20. To access them, login to your student or teacher account on this websiteClick the Evals button in the top white menu bar, then download.

 


 

Tools for You and Your Students

 

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.

 

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: 

Click on the MY STUDENTS tab on the top of the page.

  • A check mark 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.
    • Check for project uploads (view/edit >> entry tab)

 

Receiving Your Judge Evaluations

Evaluations will be available for students and teachers after April 20. To access them, login to your student or teacher account on this websiteClick the Evals button in the top white menu bar, then download.

 

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 nationals. 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 contest in which they are competing.

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.

 

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.

Questions? Please email tchudy@utah.gov.

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? Your mission is to create a safe space for students to share their work, to provide helpful feedback and encouragement, and help them become lifelong learners of history. In turn, we hope you come away inspired and energized by our young historians. 


 

JUDGING MATERIALS & TRAINING

All Judges Must Attend ONE Zoom Training this spring.

Please register for the training session to receive the meeting links.

Is NHD New to You?

Review Before Judging

How to Use the Online Judging System

More Resources 


 

JUDGING TIMELINE

April 2 & 7  Zoom training sessions (attend one, not both)

April 7-13 Advance judging period for Exhibit, Documentary, Paper, Website categories

  • Write your student comments in the online judge portal
  • Rank as you go, arrive at the contest with preliminary rankings and comments done

April 14-15 In Person Contest Days

  • Youth and Senior Divisions on April 14
  • Junior Division on April 15

What to Expect as a Judge 

  • Judges will attend the contest. Some students may choose to compete virtually. 
  • Judges in Exhibit, Documentary, Paper, and Website will view projects in advance using the online system, then attend the contest to interview students and complete the judging process.
  • Performances will be judged live at the contest, with video submissions serving only as a backup for virtual contestants.
  • You will work collaboratively with the other judges on your team to interview, evaluate, and rank projects. 
  • Each judge will write feedback that goes directly to the students via an online judging form. 
  • For each competition round, you can expect to evaluate 8-10 projects.
  • You will need internet, computer with the ability to view PDFs, play MP4 videos, and type into online text fields. Please bring a laptop with you to the contest to complete and submit your evaluations. (If you do not have a laptop, please email us.)

 

JUDGING TIPS & REMINDERS

Student Age Divisions

  • Youth Division = 4th-5th grade (9-11 years old)
  • Junior Division = 6th-8th grade (11-14 years old)
  • Senior Division = 9th-12th grade (14-18 years old)

Tips for Writing Great Comments

  • Write directly to the students.  It's best to address them as "You," or use their names.
  • Think of yourself as a mentor, not an arbiter.  Your comments should help them see what they've done well, and how they can continue to learn and improve.
  • Be helpful, encouraging, and kind.
  • Honor student choice, even if you don't love the topic.
  • Recognize growth.  Every student started their project with their own skill set and experience.  Every student has learned something through the NHD process.  
  • Keep in mind that NHD serves a very broad range of learning abilities and communities.
  • Support each student equally.
  • Give every student the benefit of the doubt.
  • Use the OREO Cookie recipe for your comments: Start with 2-3 strengths, add 2-3 suggestions to improve, finish up with positive reinforcement!

Online Judging System Tips

  • Use the blue SAVE button to save your work as you go. Save often.
  • The SAVE & SHARE WITH TEAM button shares your evals with your teammates.  You can still make changes to your buttons and comments after you share.
  • Be sure to let your team captain know when your comments are finished.

Team Captain Instructions

After your judges have finished all their comments, you need to:

  1. Submit Rankings - rank all of the entries in the heat, send to coordinator.
  2. Submit to NHD - sends all evaluations to coordinator and locks the room. Judges cannot change their evaluations after this.

 

Questions about judging? Please email Wendy Rex Atzet (wratzet@utah.gov).

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