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Important Dates & Times

Monday February 15, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Wednesday April 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Monday March 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Friday April 02, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Wednesday April 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Friday April 02, 2021 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 2021 State Contest Announcement

The public health and safety of our contest participants, judges, and staff is a top priority of National History Day Georgia and our program sponsors, Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College. Due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the decision to hold the 2021 National History Day Georgia State Contest in a virtual contest format. There will be no in-person contest. Information regarding virtual deadlines and registration procedures will be sent out ahead of the state contest to registered schools.

Thank you for your commitment to National History Day Georgia, and we appreciate your support during this time.

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 2021 Virtual State Contest

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

State Contest Entries Due: Sunday, March 28, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. 

Paper & Website Entries Due: Sunday, March 28, 2021, 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.

Registration Fee: $10.00 per student

Checks can be mailed to: 

NHD Georgia
Lagrange College
Attn: Sonya Hill-white
601 Broad Street, LaGrange, GA, 30240

Make check payable to Lagrange College / Note: State Contest 2021 Registration 

 

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, March 28, 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 2021 State Contest Announcement

The public health and safety of our contest participants, judges, and staff is a top priority of National History Day Georgia and our program sponsors, Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College. Due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the decision to hold the 2021 National History Day Georgia State Contest in a virtual contest format. There will be no in-person contest. Information regarding virtual deadlines and registration procedures will be sent out ahead of the state contest to registered schools.

Thank you for your commitment to National History Day Georgia, and we appreciate your support during this time.

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 2021 Virtual State Contest

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

State Contest Entries Due: Sunday, March 28, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. 

Paper & Website Entries Due: Sunday, March 28, 2021, 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.

Registration Fee: $10.00 per student

Checks can be mailed to: 

NHD Georgia
Lagrange College
Attn: Sonya Hill-white
601 Broad Street, LaGrange, GA, 30240

Make check payable to Lagrange College / Note: State Contest 2021 Registration 

 

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, March 28, 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

Category-specific judging instructions and additional information on NHD judging: VISIT HERE

NEW Contest Rule Book | Released: June 22, 2020

Summary of Significant Rules Changes


The NHD Rule Book details the rules and guidelines student entries are required to follow.

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National History Day has revised the Contest Rule Book, effective with the beginning of the 2020-2021 contest year. Changes to the rules impact student participation at each level of the competition. While the NHD contest is not focused solely on rules, the Contest Rule Book sets forth the foundation for the entire program and establishes a consistent and fair footing for the contest cycle, from school level to the National Contest. NHD strongly recommends that teachers review the entire Contest Rule Book, available at nhd.org, and share it with students.

 

There are many changes; this summary explains the most significant changes and clarifications. Italicized red text indicates new language. Refer to the Contest Rule Book for exact wording, full explanations, and examples of these changes. Contact National History Day Georgia Co-Affiliate Coordinator Jess Burke at jburke@georgiahumanities.org.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

Evaluation Form (p. 13)
The evaluation form has been changed substantially. It is now a rubric with two evaluative sections:

Historical Quality (80%) and Clarity of Presentation (20%). The new evaluation forms for each category are available at nhd.org/categories.

Rule 8 | English and Translations (p. 16)
Added: All entries for competition must be submitted in English unless otherwise approved by your
Contest Coordinator. Other languages may be used, if translations in English are provided. When
considering translated text for the purposes of word count, judges will count only the English translation.

Rule 13 | Prohibited Materials (p. 17)
Added: Toy and replica weapons are now prohibited from NHD competitions, as well as anything that could cause damage to the competition venue.

Rule 15 | Written Materials (p. 18)
Modified: Process papers are now required in all categories, including papers.

Rule 17 | Title Page (pp. 18-19)
Added: Because the paper category now requires a process paper, the title page for papers must list the number of words in the process paper, in addition to the number of words in the paper itself.

Rule 18 | Process Paper (p. 19)
Modified: The questions to be addressed in the process paper have been updated, including a requirement to provide your historical argument.
Added: Your process paper must not include quotes, images, or captions.

Rule 19 | Annotated Bibliography (pp. 19-20)
Modified: You must list all sources that you consulted during the development of your entry.
Added:
Each annotation must be no more than two or three sentences.

PAPER RULE CHANGES

  • Paper Word Count (A2, p. 23) – Captions and words in footnotes/endnotes other than the citation now count toward the paper word limit, in addition to student-composed words and quoted material.
  • Process Paper (A4, p. 23) – A process paper is now required for papers. The Title Page must list both the process paper word count as well as the word count for the paper itself (See Rule 17, pp. 18-19).

PERFORMANCE RULE CHANGES

  • Interaction (B5, p. 26) – During your performance, you may not interact with or require participation by the audience.

EXHIBIT RULE CHANGES

  • Exhibit Media Time Limit (D4, p. 31) – If used, media devices or electronics in an exhibit must no run for more than a total of two minutes and must not loop.
  • No Links to External Content (D4, p. 31) – Links to external content, such as QR codes, are prohibited.

WEBSITE RULE CHANGES

  • NHD Website Editor (E2, p. 33) – Although the content of this rule is the same, the platform for building an NHD website has changed. NHDWebCentral™ is the only option to build an NHD website.
  • Home Page Requirements (E4, p. 34) – In addition to the previous requirements, the home page must now include the total length of multimedia and the total number of all visible student composed words.
  • Website Media Time Limit (E5, p. 34) – The website may contain multimedia clips that total no more than three minutes. The time limit includes both audio and video clips (including music).
  • Avoid External Hyperlinks (E6, p. 35) – To comply with the rule prohibiting links to external content (E5), you must remove the hyperlink from all URLs listed in on-screen source credits. The only external links allowed are those that direct the viewer to an internet site where they can download a free, secure, and legal download of software needed to view the site (e.g., Flash, QuickTime, and RealPlayer).
  • Required Written Materials (E7, p. 35) – Your annotated bibliography and process paper mus appear on the site in PDF format.

SIGNIFICANT CLARIFICATIONS

Submission Requirements (All Categories)

Modified: Due to the diverse needs and logistics of regional and affiliate competitions, submission requirements vary for required written materials. Paper students are generally required to submit several copies of the title page, process paper, paper, and annotated bibliography prior to the competition by the registration deadline. Most competitions still require exhibit, documentary, and performance students to bring multiple copies of the title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography to the competition. However, rules may vary by region or affiliate. Please consult your Contest Coordinator for submission requirements in your area. You may wish to bring an extra copy of your written materials to the competition just in case.

Preparing Your Entry (pp. 7-13)
Expanded: This section offers more detail about the characteristics of good NHD topics and lays out expanded definitions of key NHD concepts. You will notice greater detail about using primary and secondary sources in the Research section.

Interviewing Historians (p. 10)
Emphasis Added: The language discouraging students from interviewing historians has been strengthened. Oral history interviews, on the other hand, are encouraged.

Student Voice, Academic Integrity, and Rules Compliance (p. 12)
Emphasis Added: This new section highlights the importance of students using their own words to analyze their research and draw original conclusions. This section also clarifies the distinction between less serious rule infractions, which may factor into the judges’ final rankings but would not eliminate an entry, and more serious misconduct that would be grounds for disqualification.

Word Count Clarification (p. 21)
Modified: The table showing how to count words in NHD projects has been updated to show specific examples.

Rule 3 | Individual or Group Entries (p. 14)
Added:
Changing categories or topics is not permitted after entering the first level of NHD competition beyond the school. Narrowing and refining topics is permitted and encouraged.

Rule 5 | Plagiarism (p. 15)
Clarification: Although NHD’s policies regarding plagiarism have not changed substantively, the text of this rule has been updated, including the addition of specific examples of plagiarism.

Rule 10 | Reasonable Help (p. 16)
Modified: Now a separate rule, Reasonable Help provides multiple examples that distinguish between reasonable help and tasks that you must complete on your own.

Performance and Documentary Rule Clarifications

  • Time Requirements (B2, p. 25, and C2, p. 27) – The five minutes following the performance includes both removal of props and the interview.


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