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Contests

Students may choose to participate in a regional contest, where they can qualify for the State contest. If they choose to compete at the State contest, they may qualify for the national contest in College Park, Maryland.

There are three divisions: Youth Division (grades 4-5), Junior Division (grades 6-8) and Senior Division (grades 9-12). Junior and Senior divisions are eligible for nationals. While contests can develop additional skills and provide helpful feedback on projects, teachers are free to participate in as much or as little of the formal contests as they desire.

A contest fee of $12 is required for each student participating in a regional contest. This fee also covers participation in the State contest if students advance from their regional contest.

Educators who judge at NHDI contests can earn PGP points.

Details on how to register to judge can be found here.

If you are interested in entering a regional contest, all educators and students should complete the registration information for the specific contest. All registration will run through the National registration system and will open at the beginning of December.

For a list of regional winners from the previous year, contact the Education team at nhdi@indianahistory.org.

Look below for upcoming contest dates!

Northeast Region Contest

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023

Location: Columbia City High School

Registration opens: December 1, 2022
Registration deadline: Monday, January 31, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Click here to register

Websites lock: Thursday, February 2, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

All projects and materials due: Thursday, February 2, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Awards Ceremony: February 11, 2023, 4 p.m., Columbia City High School

Northwest Region Contest

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023

Location: John J. Young Middle School

Registration opens: December 1, 2022
Registration deadline: Monday, February 6, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Click here to register

Websites lock: Thursday, February 10, 11:59 p.m.

All projects and materials due: Thursday, February 10, 11:59 p.m.

Awards Ceremony: February 19, 2023, 4 p.m., John J. Young Middle School

West Region Contest

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023

Location: Indiana State University

Registration opens: December 1
Registration deadline: Monday, February 13, 11:59 p.m.

Click here to register 

Websites lock: Thursday, February 16, 11:59 p.m.

All projects and materials due: Thursday, February 16, 11:59 p.m.

Awards Ceremony: February 26, 2023, 4 p.m., Indiana State University

IPS Region Contest

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Location: Indiana Historical Society

Registration opens: December 1
Registration deadline: Monday, February 24, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Click here to register 

Websites lock: Thursday, February 28, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

All projects and materials due: Thursday, February 28, 11:59 p.m.

Awards Ceremony: Indiana Historical Society

South Region Contest

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023

Location: Franklin College

Registration opens: December 1, 2022
Registration deadline: Monday, February 27, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Click here to register

Websites lock Thursday, March 2, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

All projects and materials due: Thursday, March 2, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Awards Ceremony: March 4th, 4 p.m., Franklin College

Central Region Contest

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023

Location: Carmel High School

Registration opens: December 1, 2022
Registration deadline: Monday, March 6th, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Click here to register

Websites lock: Thursday, March 9th, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

All projects and materials due: Thursday, March 9th, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Awards Ceremony: March 11, 2023, 4 p.m., Carmel High School

State Contest

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023

Location: Marian University, Indianapolis

Websites lock: Thursday, April 20 ,2023, 11:59 p.m.

All papers, documentaries, websites are due: Thursday, April 20, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Awards Ceremony April 22, 2023, 5 p.m., Marian University

All students interested in applying for a Special Prize must submit their project virtually by Thursday, April 13 regardless of project type. Click here to apply for a special prize.

Nationals Contest

Information still to be determined. Check back for updates!

Preparing for your contest

Contests can be a fun way to display the hard work you put into your project. If you have never been to a contest before, contests can seem daunting. On contest day, be sure to arrive early, so you have plenty of time to register and set up your project. Also, make sure to bring four copies of your process paper and bibliography for judging. It is always a good idea to bring snacks, water and activities for after your judging time.

You will also have an interview with the judges on contest day. While judges may ask any questions they have, here are some common questions to thing about before the contest.

  1. Why did you choose this topic?
  2. Could you explain how your project relates to this year’s theme?
  3. What was your most valuable source and why?
  4. How do you think your topic impacted history?
  5. What was the most interesting thing you learned?
  6. (For groups) How did you divide up the work? How did you decide on who did what?
  7. What was the most challenging thing about your project?
  8. Why did you choose to create a (paper, documentary, exhibit, website, performance)?
  9. As you did your research, what surprised you most about the topic?
  10. How did your primary sources help you understand the topic?
  11. How did your thesis evolve? Did it change from when you started researching to when you were assembling your project?
  12. What is the most important point you are trying to convey about your topic? Why?
  13. Why did you pick this topic?
  14. What were the most important factors which caused             (the event in question) to occur?
  15. What did you learn about this topic that you didn’t know before?
  16. Did you find conflicting information in your sources? If so, how did you deal with this?
  17. Is there anything you weren’t asked that you would like to talk about? (Tip: Always say something to this question!)

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