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Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is issuing a call for volunteer judges to take part in the 2017 National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) contests. This year, the need is greater than ever with the addition of a new regional contest at Hanover College (March 18).
Also for the first time, the Indianapolis Public Schools contest (March 15) will be held at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of IHS and the Indiana Experience.
In addition, judges are needed at four annual regional contests in Notre Dame, Ind. (Feb. 25), Indianapolis (March 11), Nashville (April 1) and Evansville (April 8), as well as the state competition at Ivy Tech’s campus in downtown Indianapolis (May 6).
This year, more than 5,400 students are expected to participate in NHDI, creating projects in the form of documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites. This year’s theme is Taking a Stand in History.
At the contests, volunteer judges will work in teams to evaluate projects, interview students and rank winners. Regional winners will advance to state, where students can win special prizes for Indiana history topics. The top two entries from each junior and senior category at state are also eligible to compete in The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in June at the University of Maryland.
Typically, NHDI judges have a background or interest in education, social studies or media. Teachers who volunteer as judges will be eligible for Professional Growth Points (PGPs) from IHS. Registration is open online at www.indianahistory.org/historyday.
NHDI contests are sponsored by IHS, with support from the Hoover Family Foundation, the Richard W. and Irene Rooker Family Foundation, the TCU Foundation and the Vigran Family Foundation. For more information on NHDI and other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882.
2017 National History Day in Indiana Contests
Regional Contest – North
Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind.
Feb. 25, 2017
Regional Contest – Central
March 11, 2017
IPS District Contest
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis
March 15, 2017
Regional Contest – Southeast
Hanover College, Hanover, Ind.
March 18, 2017
Regional Contest – South Central
Brown County High School, Nashville, Ind.
April 1, 2017
Regional Contest – Southwest
University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Ind.
April 8, 2017
National History Day in Indiana State Contest
Ivy Tech, Indianapolis Downtown Campus
May 6, 2017
The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest
University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
Sunday, June 11 – Thursday, June 15, 2017