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Important Dates & Times

Saturday February 15, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Sunday April 19, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Friday April 24, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Sunday May 03, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Friday April 24, 2020 at 8:00 AM

NHD Rule Book

You can download and review a pdf copy of the National History Day Rule Book by clicking on the following link.

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Student Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves, both in person and online, in a manner that brings credit to themselves, their schools and the affiliates they represent.  Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the students in their charge.

NHD Rules and Policies for Participants

Please remember that National History Day Georgia is concerned not only for the safety and well-being of students but also for upholding the wishes of parents, teachers, school principals and the many supporters who have a vested interest in the students' participation.  As guests at LaGrange College, you are expected to abide by the same rules the College has established for its students. In particular, please observe the following:

You may not physically harm, threaten to harm, or harass any person, including provoking and/or engaging in physical fights or malicious pranks.

Alcoholic beverages or other drugs are expressly prohibited except those prescribed by a physician.

Possession of any weapon, firecracker/explosive or other flammable material is prohibited.

You may not tamper with the fire system or fire safety equipment.  You may not set or fuel a fire of any size.

You are responsible for complying with the requests of all chaperones, NHD Georgia staff, and College personnel, including cooperating in cases where you are aware of rules being broken by others. 


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National History Day Georgia 2020 State Contest Announcement

The public health and safety of our students, teachers, judges, supporters, and contest staff is a top priority of National History Day Georgia and our program sponsors, Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College. In light of current concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we have made the decision to suspend the in-person contest and convert the 2020 National History Day Georgia State Contest to an online contest format. This means that there will be no in-person contest at LaGrange College on April 18, 2020.

Additional information regarding deadlines and registration procedures for students will be sent out shortly to registered schools.  We appreciate your patience.

A note to judges: With the transition to an online contest, we will require numerous online judges to make this possible. If you are interested in judging, please visit http://bit.ly/JudgeNHDGA to register today. If you are already registered as a judge, additional details will be sent out prior to the contest with online judging procedures.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to National History Day Georgia Co-Affiliate Coordinator Jess Burke at jburke@georgiahumanities.org.

 

STUDENTS:

NHD GA 2020 Virtual State Contest

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

State Contest Entries Due: Sunday, April 19, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. 

Paper & Website Entries Due: Sunday, April 19, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.

MUST-READ: VIRTUAL CONTEST REGISTRATION DIRECTIONS

To register for the State Competition, Create an Account Here.

If you already have a region account, please log in with your same username & password.

T-Shirt: To order your NHD GA 2020 State Contest t-shirts please visit the State Contest page on the program website. You can also download the order form by clicking: 2020-STATE-CONTEST-T-SHIRT

Category Specific Instructions:

Website entries: should be built through the National History Day web editor, accessible via www.nhd.org//nhdwebcentral. While completing the online registration for the state contest, you will be asked to provide the URL for your website. Be sure to double-check that you have submitted the correct URL free of typos and in the correct format. The URL you submit will be used by the judges to access the website.

Websites are reviewed in advance of the state contest. Websites will be locked for judging on Saturday, April 19th, 11:59 p.m. After the lockout date you will no longer be able to make changes to your website, so be sure to have made all final edits prior to the lockout deadline. 

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Please review the National History Day Rule Book for further information about category requirements. 

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National History Day GA Mentoring Program:

We encourage you to continue to work and to take into consideration the suggestions you received from your local and regional judges.  As you revise and expand your entry for state, the National History Day Mentoring Program at LaGrange College is available to assist you.  For more information, see www.lagrange.edu/nhd.


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National History Day Georgia 2020 State Contest Announcement

The public health and safety of our students, teachers, judges, supporters, and contest staff is a top priority of National History Day Georgia and our program sponsors, Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College. In light of current concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we have made the decision to suspend the in-person contest and convert the 2020 National History Day Georgia State Contest to an online contest format. This means that there will be no in-person contest at LaGrange College on April 18, 2020.

Additional information regarding deadlines and registration procedures for students will be sent out shortly to registered schools.  We appreciate your patience.

A note to judges: With the transition to an online contest, we will require numerous online judges to make this possible. If you are interested in judging, please visit http://bit.ly/JudgeNHDGA to register today. If you are already registered as a judge, additional details will be sent out prior to the contest with online judging procedures.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to National History Day Georgia Co-Affiliate Coordinator Jess Burke at jburke@georgiahumanities.org.

STUDENTS:

NHD GA 2020 Virtual State Contest Directions

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

  • State Contest Entries Due: Sunday, April 19, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. 
  • Paper & Website Entries Due: Sunday, April 19, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.

MUST-READ: CLICK HERE FOR VIRTUAL CONTEST REGISTRATION DIRECTIONS

Create an Account Here to register for the State Competition

If you already have a region account, please log in with your same username & password.

T-Shirt: To order your NHD GA 2020 State Contest t-shirts please visit the State Contest page on the program website. You can also download the order form by clicking: 2020-STATE-CONTEST-T-SHIRT

Category Specific Instructions:

Website entries: should be built through the National History Day web editor, accessible via www.nhd.org//nhdwebcentral. While completing the online registration for the state contest, you will be asked to provide the URL for your website. Be sure to double-check that you have submitted the correct URL free of typos and in the correct format. The URL you submit will be used by the judges to access the website.

Websites are reviewed in advance of the state contest. Websites will be locked for judging on Friday, April 18, 11:59 p.m. After the lockout date you will no longer be able to make changes to your website, so be sure to have made all final edits prior to the lockout deadline. 

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Please review the National History Day Rule Book for further information about category requirements. 

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National History Day GA Mentoring Program:

We encourage you to continue to work and to take into consideration the suggestions you received from your local and regional judges.  As you revise and expand your entry for state, the National History Day Mentoring Program at LaGrange College is available to assist you.  For more information, see www.lagrange.edu/nhd.



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Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website
Paper

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Judge Criteria

Student projects will be judged based on the following criteria: 

  • Historical Quality - 60% 
  • Relation to Theme - 20% 
  • Clarity of Presentation - 20%

How is an Entry Evaluated? 

Regardless of which category a student enters, the following principles of evaluation will be used in the judging of National History Day entries.

Historical Quality

The most important aspect of an entry is its historical quality, which determines 60 percent of the total evaluation. The judges' evaluation will rest on the students' success at conducting historical research, interpreting their research, and drawing conclusions. A superior rating generally reflects positive responses to the following questions:
  • Is the entry historically accurate?
  • Does the entry provide analysis and interpretation of the historical data in addition to an accurate description? The entry should interpret facts, not simply recount them.
  • Does the entry clearly articulate a thesis?
  • Does the entry demonstrate an understanding of the historical context–the intellectual, physical, social, and cultural setting?
  • Does the entry reflect historical perspective–the causes and consequences of an event, for example, or the relationship of a local topic to larger events?
  • Does the annotated bibliography demonstrate solid research?
  • Does the entry demonstrate a balanced presentation of materials?
  • Does the entry use a variety of viewpoints (e.g., those who suffered as well as those who benefited, males, females, individuals from different racial or ethnic socioeconomic groups, as appropriate to the topic)?
  • Does the entry demonstrate the use of available primary sources and secondary sources?


Clarity of Presentation

Although historical quality of an entry is the most important facet, entries must be presented in an effective manner. Thus, clarity of presentation is worth 20 percent of the total evaluation. Do not be carried away by glitz; simpler is often–but not always–better. The following questions will be considered by judges when looking at clarity of presentation:

  • Is the entry original, creative, well organized, and imaginative in subject and presentation?
  • Is the entry effective in communicating the significance of the topic?
  • Is the written material clear, grammatical, and correctly spelled?
  • In exhibits, are the title, sectional divisions, and main points easy to discern?
  • Are photographs and images appropriate in terms of content and location?
  • Is the overall project pleasing to the eye?
  • In a documentary or performance, is the script clear?
  • In a performance, do the students display stage presence?
  • Is the visual material clear and appropriate for the type of entry?
  • Do the students display adequate familiarity with their equipment?

Adherence to Theme

The entry must clearly explain the relation of the topic to the annual National History Day theme. This section is worth 20 percent of the total evaluation. The topic should be placed in historical context, and the entry must demonstrate the student's understanding of the significance of the topic in history. The entry should not confuse fame with significance. In other words, the entry should answer the questions "So what? Why was this important?" It should not be just descriptive. The relationship of the entry's topic to the yearly theme should be explicit and should be integrated into the entry itself.


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