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Contests

The Indiana Historical Society is committed to doing our part as we address the ramifications of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the health and safety of our visitors, guests, volunteers and staff members.

All regional contests will be taking place virtually. Updates on COVID-19 information can be found here. If you have questions, please reach out to jfox@indianahistory.org.

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 (This year the national contest will be virtual.). 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 $10 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 Jonnie Fox at nhdi@indianahistory.org.

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!)
South and IPS Region Contest

Virtual

Registration due by Monday, Feb. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

All projects due to NHDI office by Thursday, Feb. 25th at 11:59 p.m.

Websites lock Thursday, Feb. 25th at 11:59 p.m.

Link to register: https://in-nhdisrc.nhd.org/?f=3fa56ce4-b217-4bd5-bd54-4c521d6e2f5a 

Central Region Contest

Virtual

Registration due by Monday, March 8th at 11:59 p.m.

All project due to NHDI office by Thursday, March 11th at 11:59 p.m.

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

Link to register: https://in-nhdicrc.nhd.org/?f=59dfb604-be44-4688-b366-a3728c95ccb8#

North Region Contest

Virtual (includes Northeast and Northwest Regions)

Registration due by Monday, March 15th at 11:59 p.m.

All projects due to NHDI office by Thursday, March 18th at 11:59 p.m.

Link to register: https://in-nhdinrc.nhd.org/?f=358c8162-55b4-4689-98d4-51d59b7603ab

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