Welcome to the Virginia History Day Contest

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Congratulations on advancing to the Virginia History Day State Contest!

 

Keeping with recent guidance provided by the Governor of Virginia and the National History Day leadership team, the state contest will now move to a virtual format. All students must be registered and all projects must be submitted by Friday, April 17th at 11:59 PM. Virtual judging will take place between April 23rd and May 1st. State contest results will be announced on May 4th. 

 

The registration fee of $25 per student remains in place.

 

For their participation, each student will receive a certificate of participation and a Virginia History Day button. Winners will be mailed their medals.

 

Below are guidelines to follow for virtual project submission. Please make sure to carefully read all instructions before submitting.

 

Where to Upload:

  1. All material must be uploaded via the state contest registration site (va.nhd.org).
  2. To do so, students must login using the same username/password they created for their district contest registration. DO NOT create a new account. 
  3. Student’s will then click on their name icon, located in the top right corner of the homescreen. 
  4. Click the “My Profile” tab. This will bring you to the “Basic Info” screen. 
  5. All material will be uploaded on the right hand portion of this screen, either using the “Entry’s Paper” option or the “Project’s Link” option. 
  6. See below for category specific instructions. 

Group Projects:

  1. Only one student in each group needs to upload the appropriate material.

Papers and Websites:

  1. Papers and Website submissions will follow the procedures that students would complete in normal circumstances.

Documentaries:

  1. Documentaries should be uploaded to one of two online platforms. The preference is YouTube. If students are younger than 14, parents, teachers, or guardians can create a YouTube account for them.
  2. Save the documentary as an .MP4 video file.
  3. Go to YouTube.com and sign in with a Google or Gmail account (these can be created for free).
  4. Click the “Create a Video or Post” button in the top right menu. Then click “Upload Video.”
  5. The title of the video should be the same as the complete project’s title. The description of the video should be the student’s division, category, and student name/s. DO NOT put a school, teacher, or city.
  6. Select the “No, it’s not made for kids” option.
  7. The video’s access should be set to “Unlisted,” meaning the video is unsearchable and can only be viewed by those who have the URL. The video SHOULD NOT be listed as private, as it will be unviewable unless given special permission.
  8. If students cannot upload to YouTube, they may upload their documentary to a Google Drive folder. They must ensure that the folder’s privacy is set to “Anyone with the link may view.
  9. Once the video has been uploaded, check to ensure it plays correctly. If it does not, attempt to fix the problem and try again.
  10. Once the video has been uploaded to one of these two options, students will then share the appropriate URL on their profile via this registration site. The URL should be entered into the “Entry Video URL” box, which appears on the right-hand side of the “Basic Info” screen of each student’s profile.
  11. Process papers and annotated bibliographies should be combined into a single document, downloaded as a PDF, and uploaded with the “Entry’s Paper” option on the same “Basic Info” screen. The title of the PDF should be the student’s first and last name (Ex. JohnSmith.pdf).
  12. Remember to click Save before exiting!!

Performances: (templates may be found on this Google Drive)

  1. The state contest will not be accepting video recordings of student performances. 
  2. Instead, students must upload a copy of their performance's script. Scripts should be formatted using the NHD script template, found below. Scripts will not be judged on spelling, style, etc. A single photo of your set, including all props, is optional and can be included with the script. 
  3. Process papers, annotated bibliographies, and scripts should be combined into a single document, downloaded as a PDF, and uploaded with the “Entry’s Paper” option on the “Basic Info” screen of the student's profile via this registration site. Please make sure all material (process paper, annotated bibliography, and script) is uploaded as one PDF. The title of the PDF should be the student’s first and last name (Ex. JohnSmith.pdf).
  4. Remember to click Save before exiting!!

Exhibits: (templates/instructions may be found on this Google Drive)

  1. Students should take photos of their exhibit and place them in one of the provided PowerPoint/Google Slide templates.
    • If students do not have access to their boards or are unable to work on them at home, they may create a digital exhibit board using Google Draw. Please follow these instructions for creating a project via Google Draw. 
  2. The template details how many photos are allowed for each part of the board and the order in which to organize them as follows: title slide, 1 image of the overall exhibit, 2 images for the left panel, 2 images for the center panel, 2 images for the right panel, 2 close up images, and 2 images of tabletop items OR multimedia, if needed (11 total).
    • The title slide must include the entry’s title, student(s) name, division category, and project dimensions in inches (width x depth x height)
    • The last slide for tabletop items can be used to show multimedia components of a student’s project. Please include either media clips or links to songs/videos/etc. Please be sure to test any links before attaching.
  3. The photo PowerPoint should be converted/downloaded as a PDF. The title of the PDF should be your first and last name (Ex. JohnSmith.pdf).
  4. Students must also include the text of their exhibit board, including student composed words, quotes, and factual credits.
    • Students should label this document by panel/location (ex. right panel, center panel, left panel). This is to help judges when viewing images of the board in case photos are blurry/can’t be zoomed in on.
  5. As the registration system only allows one document file to be uploaded per student, the process paper, annotated bibliography, and exhibit board text should be combined into a single document, downloaded as a PDF, and combined with your photo PDF. Free apps to combine PDFs include “Small PDF” and “I Love PDF.”
    • If creating an exhibit via Google Draw, download as a PDF and combine it with your process paper/bibliography as described above.
  6. This one file should be uploaded via this registration system with the “Entry’s Paper” option on the “Basic Info” screen of the student’s profile. The title of the PDF should be the student’s first and last name (Ex. JohnSmith.pdf).
  7. If students cannot merge their photo PDF with their process paper, bibliography and exhibit board text, then the process paper, bibliography, and exhibit board text should be copy and pasted onto the end of the photo PowerPoint. This one document should then be downloaded as a PDF and uploaded as above.
  8. Remember to click Save before exiting!!

 

We will test all video links and PDFs and will contact you if there is a problem with the files. If you have any questions, please reach out to Virginia History Day Coordinator Sam Florer.

 
Contact Information:
Sam Florer 
Virginia History Day Coordinator 
804-342-9672 
 
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7311, Richmond, Virginia 23221-0311
Physical Address:
428 North Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220
 
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If eligible for the state contest (placed first or second at your district contest), please follow the directions that were emailed to you after your district contest. If you did not receive an email, please ask your teacher first. If they did not receive an email, please contact Sam Florer at sflorer@virginiahistory.org or 804-342-9672.
 
Please follow the following guidelines to submit your project virtually. 

Where to Upload:

  1. All material must be uploaded via the state contest registration site (va.nhd.org).
  2. To do so, students must login using the same username/password they created for their district contest registration. DO NOT create a new account. 
  3. Student’s will then click on their name icon, located in the top right corner of the homescreen. 
  4. Click the “My Profile” tab. This will bring you to the “Basic Info” screen. 
  5. All material will be uploaded on the right hand portion of this screen, either using the “Entry’s Paper” option or the “Project’s Link” option. 
  6. See below for category specific instructions. 

Group Projects:

  1. Only one student in each group needs to upload the appropriate material.

Papers and Websites:

  1. Papers and Website submissions will follow the procedures that students would complete in normal circumstances.

Documentaries:

  1. Documentaries should be uploaded to one of two online platforms. The preference is YouTube. If students are younger than 14, parents, teachers, or guardians can create a YouTube account for them.
  2. Save the documentary as an .MP4 video file.
  3. Go to YouTube.com and sign in with a Google or Gmail account (these can be created for free).
  4. Click the “Create a Video or Post” button in the top right menu. Then click “Upload Video.”
  5. The title of the video should be the same as the complete project’s title. The description of the video should be the student’s division, category, and student name/s. DO NOT put a school, teacher, or city.
  6. Select the “No, it’s not made for kids” option.
  7. The video’s access should be set to “Unlisted,” meaning the video is unsearchable and can only be viewed by those who have the URL. The video SHOULD NOT be listed as private, as it will be unviewable unless given special permission.
  8. If students cannot upload to YouTube, they may upload their documentary to a Google Drive folder. They must ensure that the folder’s privacy is set to “Anyone with the link may view.
  9. Once the video has been uploaded, check to ensure it plays correctly. If it does not, attempt to fix the problem and try again.
  10. Once the video has been uploaded to one of these two options, students will then share the appropriate URL on their profile via this registration site. The URL should be entered into the “Entry Video URL” box, which appears on the right-hand side of the “Basic Info” screen of each student’s profile.
  11. Process papers and annotated bibliographies should be combined into a single document, downloaded as a PDF, and uploaded with the “Entry’s Paper” option on the same “Basic Info” screen. The title of the PDF should be the student’s first and last name (Ex. JohnSmith.pdf).
  12. Remember to click Save before exiting!!

Performances: (templates may be found on this Google Drive)

  1. The state contest will not be accepting video recordings of student performances. 
  2. Instead, students must upload a copy of their performance's script. Scripts should be formatted using the NHD script template, found below. Scripts will not be judged on spelling, style, etc. A single photo of your set, including all props, is optional and can be included with the script. 
  3. Process papers, annotated bibliographies, and scripts should be combined into a single document, downloaded as a PDF, and uploaded with the “Entry’s Paper” option on the “Basic Info” screen of the student's profile via this registration site. Please make sure all material (process paper, annotated bibliography, and script) is uploaded as one PDF. The title of the PDF should be the student’s first and last name (Ex. JohnSmith.pdf).
  4. Remember to click Save before exiting!!

Exhibits: (templates/instructions may be found on this Google Drive)

  1. Students should take photos of their exhibit and place them in one of the provided PowerPoint/Google Slide templates.
    • If students do not have access to their boards or are unable to work on them at home, they may create a digital exhibit board using Google Draw. Please follow these instructions for creating a project via Google Draw. 
  2. The template details how many photos are allowed for each part of the board and the order in which to organize them as follows: title slide, 1 image of the overall exhibit, 2 images for the left panel, 2 images for the center panel, 2 images for the right panel, 2 close up images, and 2 images of tabletop items OR multimedia, if needed (11 total).
    • The title slide must include the entry’s title, student(s) name, division category, and project dimensions in inches (width x depth x height)
    • The last slide for tabletop items can be used to show multimedia components of a student’s project. Please include either media clips or links to songs/videos/etc. Please be sure to test any links before attaching.
  3. The photo PowerPoint should be converted/downloaded as a PDF. The title of the PDF should be your first and last name (Ex. JohnSmith.pdf).
  4. Students must also include the text of their exhibit board, including student composed words, quotes, and factual credits.
    • Students should label this document by panel/location (ex. right panel, center panel, left panel). This is to help judges when viewing images of the board in case photos are blurry/can’t be zoomed in on.
  5. As the registration system only allows one document file to be uploaded per student, the process paper, annotated bibliography, and exhibit board text should be combined into a single document, downloaded as a PDF, and combined with your photo PDF. Free apps to combine PDFs include “Small PDF” and “I Love PDF.”
    • If creating an exhibit via Google Draw, download as a PDF and combine it with your process paper/bibliography as described above.
  6. This one file should be uploaded via this registration system with the “Entry’s Paper” option on the “Basic Info” screen of the student’s profile. The title of the PDF should be the student’s first and last name (Ex. JohnSmith.pdf).
  7. If students cannot merge their photo PDF with their process paper, bibliography and exhibit board text, then the process paper, bibliography, and exhibit board text should be copy and pasted onto the end of the photo PowerPoint. This one document should then be downloaded as a PDF and uploaded as above.
  8. Remember to click Save before exiting!!

We will test all video links and PDFs and will contact you if there is a problem with the files. If you have any questions, please reach out to Virginia History Day Coordinator Sam Florer.

 
Thanks for participating in Virginia History Day! Please visit our website to learn more about the program. 
 
If you have questions, please ask your teacher, District coordinator, or Sam Florer, Virginia History Day coordinator at sflorer@VirginiaHistory.org or 804-342-9672.
 
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Thanks for participating in Virginia History Day! Please visit our website to learn more about the program. 

 
If you have questions, please ask your District coordinator or contact Sam Florer, Virginia History Day coordinator at sflorer@VirginiaHistory.org or 804-342-9672.
 
Even if your students do not participate in History Day competitions, please register so we can track your school's participation in the program and earn points for your school to win the 2020 Virginia History Day Cup! Points are awarded for percentage of eligible students participating at each school in History Day projects, projects that win 1st or 2nd place at District contests, and projects that win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place at the State competition. The Virginia History Day Cup prize will be awarded at the Virginia History Day Contest on April 26, 2020.
 
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Thank you for your interest in judging for the Virginia History Day contest on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, 2020.

 

Judge Information

I’ve never judged History Day before.  Is that okay?

Absolutely!  We welcome veteran judges as well as new judges.  Every Contest begins with a training session run by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. Judging teams will consist of a mix of veteran and first-time judges.

What qualifications are needed to be a History Day judge?

No qualifications are required to judge a History Day event. However, judges should possess an interest in history and be comfortable interacting with students.  Judging involves evaluating projects with a critical eye, making decisions, and offering students constructive feedback on their work.

How much time do I have to commit?

At both the District and State level, a judging session typically requires a minimum of 6 hours. This includes an orientation followed by examination of student work, interviews with students, and determination of top entries. Judges who review Historical Paper and Website entries have a slightly different schedule with a similar time commitment. As a judge, we’ll invite you to participate or view a few webinars prior to the competition, but they aren’t required.

What do judges do during History Day?

The basic task of judges is to evaluate the students’ entries and provide both the positive and the constructive feedback that is essential to the learning process. Judges begin the day with an orientation where they review the day’s timeline, learn how to use the National History Day scoring sheets, discuss consensus judging, and meet their fellow judges and judge captains.  There will be time for questions and answers.  Judging teams will consist of two or three members, with a mixture of veteran and novice judges. Judges evaluate the student entries in 10 to 15 minute intervals, with time to interview the student(s) about their project.  Judges fill out the score sheets and come to consensus on the winning entries. You are welcome, but not required, to stay for the Awards Ceremony.

What kinds of questions should I ask the students?

Questions asked during the judging process should give students the opportunity to talk about what they learned while creating their project.  The Contest is the students' day to shine! The judge should never talk more than the student or make them feel as though they have not done enough research.  Questions about their research process, sources used, inspirations for the topic, and what they liked about the project are all appropriate questions.

How do I register to be a judge?

Click on the "Create Account" button above and select "Judge." Register as a user and then fill out the short questionnaire. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences. You should receive a confirmation email once you have completed the process.

Have more questions? 

Contact Virginia History Day Coordinator, Sam Florer, at sflorer@VirginiaHistory.org or 804-342-9672.

 

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