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Important Dates & Times

Monday January 17, 2022 at 12:01 AM
Tuesday March 08, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Tuesday March 08, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Monday March 07, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Wednesday March 23, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Monday March 07, 2022 at 8:00 AM

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View or download the current NHD Rule Book here

 

N.C. History Day's Western Region

National History Day is a yearlong academic program that engages students grades 6th through 12th in the hands-on discovery of history. N.C. History Day is an affiliate of the National History Day program.

NHD students choose historical topics related to an annual theme; conduct extensive primary and secondary research; analyze and interpret their sources; draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history; and present their work in one of five categories: historical papers, websites, exhibits, performances, or documentaries. These projects then go through a series of competitions, culminating in the national contest held each June. Students are encouraged to improve their projects at each stage of the competition to inspire continuous research and learning.

North Carolina is divided into seven NHD regions including the Western Region. The Western Region is managed by the Western Office of the N.C. Office of Archives & History.  The Western Region is comprised of the following counties:

  • Buncombe
  • Cherokee
  • Clay
  • Graham
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Jackson
  • McDowell
  • Macon
  • Madison
  • Mitchell
  • Polk
  • Rutherford
  • Swain
  • Transylvania
  • Yancey

N.C. students must compete at their assigned regional contest before qualifying for the state level contest held in April.  The top two entries in each category at the state level contest qualify to participate in the national contest.  Approximately 5,000 students compete at the regional level in N.C. This year every level of competition will take place completely online.

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Virtual Contest

All three stages of the National History Day (NHD) contests will take place completely online for the 2021-22 school year.  Though typical contests usually only take place over the course of one day, virtual contests run much longer.  A full schedule is listed below.

 


Contest Divisions

In NHD there are two contest divisions - Junior and Senior.  The Junior Division is grades 6th - 8th and Senior Division is grades 9th - 12th.

 


Schedule

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 4th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Project Submission Deadline: Friday, March 4th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (All projects must be received by this date in order to compete. Website category students will have their websites locked from edits on this date until the contest is over.)

Judging Starts: Monday, March 7th, 2022

Virtual Awards Ceremony: Friday, March 25th, 2022 - More Details Coming Soon!

Results and Evals Sheets Available: Immediately following the Virtual Awards Ceremony.

 


Virtual Awards Ceremony

More Information Coming Soon!

 


Results and Evals Sheets

Once the contest is over and finalists have been announced, students and teachers can view the results and judge's eval forms by logging into their contest accounts and doing the following:

  • Click on Contest tab on the toolbar and select Contest Results from the dropdown menu.
  • Click on the Evals tab on the toolbar.  Students will be able to only see the feedback from their judges.  Teachers will have access to all the feedback forms for their registered students.

 


State Contest

The top 3 projects in each category will be eligible to compete at the state level contest.  More detailed information will be provided to these students following the virtual awards ceremony. The deadline for project submissions for the state contest will be Friday, April 8th.  Students are encourage to edit their projects based on the feedback they receive from their regional contest judges prior to submitting to the state contest.  The state contest will also have a $10 registration fee per student.  If you have questions about the state contest, please email nchistoryday@ncdcr.gov.  

 


National Contest

The top 2 projects in each category at the state contest will be eligible to attend the national contest level.  The deadline for project submissions for the national contest will be Tuesday, May 17th.  Students are encourage to edit their projects based on the feedback they receive from their state contest judges prior to submitting to the national contest.  The national contest will also have a registration fee per student, and more details will be coming soon.  If you have questions about the national contest, please email nchistoryday@ncdcr.gov.  

 

Group Documentary
Upload a single PDF of your written materials (title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography) and insert the shareable link to your .MP4 file of your Documentary on your Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox by the deadline.
Group Exhibit
Upload a single PDF of your Exhibit (title page, process paper, annotated bibliography, and exhibit in the template) by the project submission deadline. No link is needed to be provided for this category.
Group Performance
Upload a single PDF of your Written Materials (title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography) and insert the shareable link to the .MP4 file of your Performance Recording on your Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox by the project submission deadline.
Group Website
Type in your NHDWebCentral Site Key by the project submission deadline. This is the 8-digit code that is in your website’s URL. It can also be found by logging into your NHDWebCentral account.
Individual Documentary
Upload a single PDF of your written materials (title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography) and insert the shareable link to your .MP4 file of your Documentary on your Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox by the deadline.
Individual Exhibit
Upload a single PDF of your Exhibit (title page, process paper, annotated bibliography, and exhibit in the template) by the project submission deadline.
Individual Performance
Upload a single PDF of your Written Materials (title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography) and insert the shareable link to the .MP4 file of your Performance Recording on your Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox by the project submission deadline.
Individual Website
Type in your NHDWebCentral Site Key by the project submission deadline. This is the 8-digit code that is in your website’s URL. It can also be found by logging into your NHDWebCentral account.
Paper
Upload a single PDF of your Paper (title page, process paper, your final paper, and annotated bibliography) by the project submission deadline. No link is needed to be provided for this category.

Judges will use NHD Evaluation Forms to evaluate each entry. The evaluation form has two sections: Historical Quality (80%) and Clarity of Presentation (20%). The evaluation of Historical Quality is the same for all categories. This section focuses on the strengths of a project's historical argument, research, and relationship to the theme. Clarity of Presentation is different for each entry category. It evaluates how well a project communicates a student or group's argument using the tools in their category. You can view the evaluation form for each category by clicking the links below:

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