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Important Dates & Times

Tuesday January 01, 2019 at 12:01 AM
Friday March 08, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Friday March 22, 2019 at 8:30 AM
Friday March 22, 2019 at 2:30 PM
Friday March 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM

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N.C. History Day - Northwest Piedmont Region

National History Day is a yearlong academic program that engages students grades 6th - 12th in the hands-on discovery of history. N.C. History Day is an affiliate of the National History Day program.

NHD students choose historical topics related to an annual theme; conduct extensive primary and secondary research; analyze and interpret their sources; draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history; and present their work in one of five categories: historical papers, websites, exhibits, performances, or documentaries. These projects then go through a series of competitions, culminating in the national contest held each June at the University of Maryland. Students are encouraged to improve their projects at each stage of the competition to inspire continuous research and learning.

North Carolina is divided into seven NHD regions including the NW Piedmont Region. The NW Piedmont is managed and hosted by Surry Community College.  The NW Piedmont Region is comprised of the following counties:

  • Alexander
  • Alleghany
  • Ashe
  • Avery
  • Burke
  • Caldwell
  • Catawba
  • Davidson
  • Davie
  • Forsyth
  • Iredell
  • Rowan
  • Stokes
  • Surry
  • Watauga
  • Wilkes
  • Yadkin

To find the NHD regions for other N.C. counties, please visit the N.C. History Day website. Students must compete and qualify at their assigned regional contests before moving on to the state or national level contests. Each regional contest selects the top 3 finalists from each category to attend the state contest in April at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.  The top two state contest entries in each category then qualify to attend the national contest in June at the University of Maryland. 

 

 

Contest Venue

Surry Community College
630 S. Main St.
Dobson, NC 27017


Parking

 Free Parking is available in a variety of surface lots surrounding the E, C, and H buildings.


Check-in

The sign-in table will be located at the main entrance of the Sells Building, also known as the J-Building.  Check-in will take place from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. If you have not paid the registration fee, please bring a check made out to the History Club of Surry Community College or exact change.

 


Set-up

During check-in students with exhibit entries should set up their presentation. Students with documentary and performance entries will set up the first five minutes of their judging session. Judges will notify students when they can begin set-up in the judging space.  Until that time, props and equipment should not be in the performance area where it will impact judging or other category participants. Judges have the right to ask students to move their items if they feel they are impacting others.


Equipment Needs

WiFi Information: Please do not plan to rely on WiFi access during the contest.  WiFi may not be reliable due to the number of people using it that day. 

Exhibit students needing access to an electrical outlet are responsible for providing their own power and extension cords. 

Performance students are responsible for bringing any props needed.  These may include table, chairs, and AV equipment if their performance requires them.  The contest venue is not responsible to provide equipment or props. 

Documentary students are responsible to bring a copy of their documentary on a disc or flash drive. The contest venue will provide each judging space with the equipment needed to play a documentary in these formats.

Website students do not need to bring any special equipment to display their projects.


What to Bring By Category

Historical Paper Students:

  • You are not required to bring any paperwork to the contest, although you may want to bring a copy of your paper and annotated bibliography for you to reference during your interview.

Exhibit Students:

  • 3 copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography to give to the judges.
  • Your exhibit and all its components.
  • Powercords if your exhibit requires electricty. 

Performance Students:

  • 3 copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography to give to the judges.
  • Any props, equipment, and costumes needed for the contest.

Documentary Students:

  • 3 copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography to give to the judges.
  • A copy of your documentary on a disc or flashdrive.

Website Students:

  • You are not required to bring any paperwork to the contest, although you may want to bring a hard copy of your process paper and annotated bibliography for you to reference during your interview.

Judging Schedule

A complete judging schedule will be provided at check-in. Here is a tentative outline for the day:

  • 8:30 to 9:30 am:  Check-in, Lobby, Sells Building
  • 9:30 to 9:45 am:  Opening Ceremony, The Grand Hall, Shelton-Badgett Viticulture Center
    Dr. Cory Stewart, Social Sciences Division Chair, Surry Community College, Rick Shelton, Northwest Piedmont District Coordinator, and Karen Ipock, State Coordinator, will welcome the group and answer questions.
  • 10:00 am to 1:00 pm:  Judging, (Various locations)
    Students are assigned a judging time when they sign in.  Judging sessions for exhibits, web pages, and papers will last five to ten minutes, while documentaries and performances are allotted twenty minutes, including time for setting up and taking down props or equipment. Students should be ready to meet with judges fifteen minutes before their scheduled time. 
  • 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm:  Lunch
  • 1:30 to 2:30 pm:  Awards Ceremony, The Grand Hall, Shelton-Badgett Viticulture Center

 


Lunch

All students will have a break for lunch, although times may vary due to judging schedules. There is a variety of restaurants located within a five–minute drive. The Knight’s Grill is on campus in the A-Building. Sue's Kitchen is a short one block walk from campus, serving a variety of diner and luncheonette meals. Other local restaurants are listed in the Welcome Packet.

 


Awards Ceremony

Winners in each category will receive ribbons and will advance to the state competition in Raleigh. After the ceremony, Karen Ipock will provide registration packages for the State Competition.  Within a week after the awards ceremony, a folder with judges’ comments will be mailed to each teacher. 

 

 

 

 

 

Group Documentary
On the day of the contest your group must bring a copy of your documentary on a disc or flash drive, and 3 copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography.
Group Exhibit
On the day of the contest your group must bring your exhibit, all of its components, any power cords needed, and 3 copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography.
Group Performance
On the day of the contest your group must bring any props, costumes, or equipment needed, and 3 copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography.
Group Website
All websites must be created using NHD Weebly. Your group must save and publish your website by the advertised freeze date and include your Weebly address in your registration. You should make sure that your group's process paper and annotated bibliography are added to your website.

On the day of the contest your group is not required to bring any paperwork or equipment, but you may want to bring a hard copy of your process paper and annotated bibliography for reference when meeting with the judges.
Individual Documentary
On the day of the contest you must bring a copy of your documentary on a disc or flash drive, and 3 copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography.
Individual Exhibit
On the day of the contest you must bring your exhibit, all of its components, any power cords needed, and 3 copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography.
Individual Performance
On the day of the contest you must bring any props, costumes, or equipment needed, and 3 copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography.
Individual Website
All websites must be created using NHD Weebly. You must save and publish your website by the advertised freeze date and include your Weebly address in your registration. You should make sure that their process paper and annotated bibliography are added to your website.

On the day of the contest you are not required to bring any paperwork or equipment, but you may want to bring a hard copy of your process paper and annotated bibliography for you to reference when meeting with the judges.
Paper
You must upload a PDF of your paper to your registration portal before registration closes. You are also required to mail 3 hard copies of your paper and annotated bibliography to your coordinator so that they arrive by the registration deadline.

You are not required to bring any paperwork to the contest, although you may want to bring a copy of your paper and annotated bibliography for you to reference during your interview.

Judging Criteria


Historical Quality (60%)

  • Historical Accuracy
  • Historical Context
  • Analysis and Interpretation
  • Use of Available Primary Sources
  • Wide Research
  • Balanced Research

Relation to Theme (20%)

  • Clearly relates to theme
  • Demonstrates significance of topic in history and draws conclusions.

Clarity of Presentation (20%)

  • Presentation, written materials are original, clear, appropriate, organized and articulate
  • Entry is organized; visual impact is appropriate to topic

 

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