State Finals for 2018

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About the Michigan History Day® (MHD) Program

Who May Participate at the State Final Event?

Who May Participate at the National History Day Event?

Deadlines and Fees

Is Attendance Required to Compete?

Online Posting of Event Schedule

A Note to Teachers/Sponsors/Parents/Family

Are You Allowed to Improve Your Project?

Suggested Attire

Prohibited Materials

What Do We Do When We Arrive?

Opening Ceremony

Judging Evaluation Forms

Award Ceremony

National Finalist Meeting (After The Award Ceremony)

Local Accommodations

Food at the Event

Special Awards for the 2017 State Finals Competition

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About the Michigan History Day (MHD) Program
Michigan History Day and its regional and state competitions are part of the National History Day Contest (NHD) competition. Michigan History Day is run by the Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) and sponsored by Meijer and Amway’s One by One Campaign for Children. Our location sponsor for 2018 is Bay City Central High School.

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Who May Participate at the State Finals?
The top three entries in each category per age division at each regional event are selected as State Finalists and invited to participate in the State Finals.

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Who May Participate at the National History Day Event?
Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to advance from the State Final Event to the National History Day Competition, held at the University of Maryland in June. The top two entries in each category per age division are selected to participate at nationals.

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Deadlines and Fees

  • Online registration must be completed on or before Monday, March 26, 2018. You will not be excused from the registration deadline because you are on vacation or your school is on a break
  • All members of a group entry must complete their own registration forms and pay the registration fee. ALL GROUP MEMBERS MUST REGISTER!
  • The registration fee for the state event is $35 per student. You may pay using a credit card through the online registration or you may send a check or money order payable to the Historical Society of Michigan. Please make sure your name is on the check.
  • Schools or districts paying for student registration can call the Historical Society of Michigan at (517) 324-1828 to request an invoice for student fees.
  • No refunds will be granted after Friday, April 6, 2018.

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Is Attendance Required to Compete?
Students who are entering as individuals MUST be present for their interview at the event. There is no penalty for missing members of a group, but it is strongly encouraged that all be present.

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Online Posting of Event Schedule
A schedule listing interview times for the State Finals will be posted here after Friday, April 20, 2018. HOWEVER, the schedule posted online may be subject to last-minute changes and updates. Please check in at the registration table the day of the event to receive the final version of the competition schedule.

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A Note to Teachers/Sponsors/Parents/Family
We welcome you to attend the state event with your students and children. Free event t-shirts are provided at registration to competing students only, but we will likely have a few extra shirts available for purchase.

Information about the day’s activities will be available at registration. The judging for Documentary, Performance, and Website entries will be open to the public, but the audience may enter and exit only during the set-up time or after the student interview has ended. While Exhibits are being judged, the Exhibit Hall is closed to everyone except judges and the student(s) being interviewed. Public viewing of Exhibits will begin after the last interview has ended. Interviews with the Paper category are closed to the public.

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Are You Allowed to Improve Your Project?
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Students are allowed and encouraged to improve their projects between MHD competitions. Most students will use the feedback from judges at district events to make changes to their project before the State Finals.

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Suggested Attire
Most students (excluding those in the Performance category) dress nicely for their interviews with the judges. Most will opt for business casual (slacks or skirt and shirt or polo) and avoid sweatshirts, flip-flops, jeans, etc.

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Prohibited Materials
“Items potentially dangerous in any way—such as weapons, firearms, animals, organisms, plants, etc.—are strictly prohibited. Such items will be confiscated by security personnel or contest officials. Replicas of such items that are obviously not real are permissible. Contact your teacher and contest coordinator to confirm guidelines before bringing the replica to a contest. Section III, Rule 11 of the NHD Contest Rulebook.

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What Do We Do When We Arrive?
Registration will open at 8 a.m. the day of the event. Upon arriving, you will first need to pick up your event packet at the registration table.

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Opening Ceremony
An opening ceremony will take place in the Auditorium from 9 to 9:15 a.m. Attendance at the opening ceremony is strongly encouraged, but not required. Space may be limited and students should have access to seating before parents and teachers.

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Judging Evaluation Forms
After the event, judge evaluation forms will be mailed to the teacher/sponsor listed on each student’s entry. If judges have written additional comments on historical papers, those papers may be sent as well. Process papers and annotated bibliographies will not be returned. Judges’ comments provide constructive feedback on how students can improve their work in the future and help them understand why their project received its rating. Feel free to contact staff with questions, however, please understand that all judges’ decisions are final.

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Award Ceremony
At the award ceremony, recipients of special awards and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the Youth Division will be announced. For the Junior and Senior Divisions, we will announce two National Finalist entries and one Alternate entry in each category. We ask that Junior and Senior finalists stay after the ceremony to attend the National Finalist Meeting. In the event that one of the National Finalist entries cannot attend the national contest, the Alternate entry will be called up. All state results will be posted online the Monday following the event.

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National Finalist Meeting (After The Award Ceremony)
We ask that all National Finalists and their sponsors stay after the ceremony for an important meeting about the National History Day Contest, which will be held June 10-14 in College Park, Maryland. We will distribute registration forms and information concerning lodging options, and discuss other logistics at this time. If you are a National Finalist but miss the closing ceremony and/or the National Finalist Meeting, you must contact the state coordinator as soon as possible after the event. The Historical Society of Michigan needs to speak with all National Finalist students directly to confirm their attendance. If the Historical Society of Michigan does not hear from an absent National Finalist before the deadline, an Alternate may be called to take the finalist’s place. If a National Finalist entry is unable to attend the national event in June, the Alternate entry will be called to take his or her place.

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Local Accommodations – Coming Soon

 

Staying at the hotels above is not mandatory. There are many hotels near the Bay City area. To view a list of these hotels, visit http://hotelguides.com. You may want to reserve your hotel room as soon as you know you are attending the competition due to other events in the area.

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Food at the Event
Participants and their families will be responsible for providing their own meals and snacks during the event. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be for sale and Bay City Central High School will have concessions open for the event. There are also a number of dining options in Bay City including fast food chains and traditional restaurant options.

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Special Awards for the 2017 State Finals Competition

Any changes for the 2018 State Finals will be listed soon.

  • The Sam Breck Award for Best Entry in Railroad History • Sponsored by Michigan Roundtable, Lexington Group in Transportation
  • The Best Entry in Michigan History • Sponsored by Meijer
  • The Best Entry in Use of Newspapers • Sponsored by the Clarke Historical Library
  • The Best Entry in Use of Arts/Music • Sponsored by Merze Tate Travel Writers
  • The Best Entry in Use of Family History • Sponsored by the Michigan Genealogical Council
  • The Elly Peterson Award for Michigan Women’s History • Sponsored  by the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame
  • The Best Entry is Use of Primary Sources • Michigan Archival Association
  • James Campbell Award for Best Use of Oral History • Michigan Oral History Association

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Paper

The Uploading Process
Students will NOT send in hard-copies of their papers. Students are required to email their papers no later than Monday, April 16, to mhdpaper@gmail.com. The papers should be saved and emailed as Word or PDF files. Please include your exact entry title in the subject line. These papers will be considered FINAL versions by the judge team.

The Judging Process
The judges will already have read your paper. At the event, they will meet with you for 10 minutes to discuss your work. No one will be allowed to accompany you into the interview room. Teachers, family, and others must wait outside the room until you are finished. If you would like to have a copy of your paper during your interview, you must bring your own copy. MHD staff cannot make photocopies or provide a printer to make copies of your paper the day of the event.

Getting Papers Back
Judges will not return your papers to you during the interview. They will need the papers later in the day when they meet to rank the entries. If they have written comments on the paper itself, they will hand it in with their comment sheets so it can be mailed to your teacher/sponsor after the competition.

Review the Rules
Please review the rules for the competition and your category in the National History Day Contest Rulebook. The rulebook can be found online at www.hsmichigan.org/programs/mhd/teacher-resources.

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Performance

Bring 4 copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography!

Prepare for Repairs
It’s a good idea to put together an emergency repair kit in case your props or costumes are damaged on the way to the event. Don’t forget the safety pins and duct tape!

The Judging Process
Arrive at your room at least 20 minutes before your scheduled presentation. If the door is closed, wait quietly outside until the ongoing performance ends and the door is opened. Students MAY NOT HAVE ASSISTANCE IN setting up and removing props for their performance. You will have five minutes to set up and five minutes to remove your props and be interviewed by the judges. The previous student(s) may be interviewing while you set up, so please be considerate. The judges will take your process paper and annotated bibliography before you start your performance. When they have finished looking over the papers, they will let you know when to begin. If your performance runs a little over the time limit, the judges will not stop you, but they will note the total time on their evaluation sheets.

Your Audience
Performances are open to the public, but the audience will only be allowed to enter or exit during set-up and after the interview. No one may enter while a performance is in progress, so make sure that family and friends arrive on time! Judges cannot delay your performance to wait for audience members and may even begin early if they are ahead of schedule.

Review the Rules
Please review the rules for the competition and your category in the National History Day Contest Rulebook. The rulebook can be found online at www.hsmichigan.org/programs/mhd/teacher-resources.

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Exhibit

Bring 4 copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography!

Exhibit Set-Up
You will need to set up your exhibit between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Your assigned space will have a place card with your entry title. Leave at least four (4) copies of your process paper and bibliography out for judges. (Judges may take copies later in the day.) STUDENTS MAY NOT HAVE ASSISTANCE FROM ADULTS IN SETTING UP THEIR PROJECTS. Adults may only carry projects or perform tasks that would be dangerous for students to carry out themselves. If you requested electricity for your project, you will need to bring a long extension cord.

Prepare for Repairs
It is a good idea to put together an emergency repair kit in case your project is damaged on the way to the event. Do not forget the duct tape! Remember, you will not be allowed into the Exhibit Hall once it has closed for judging.

The Judging Process
Plan to arrive at the Exhibit Hall 20 minutes before your scheduled interview. When the judges are ready, the room monitor will call you into the Exhibit Hall for your interview. No one but the judges and student(s) being interviewed will be allowed into the Exhibit Hall while judging is taking place. If you have completed your interview or if it is more than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time, please avoid the Exhibit Hall to reduce noise and crowding for other students.

Public Viewing of Exhibits
While judging is in progress, the Exhibit Hall is closed to everyone but judges and students being interviewed. The public is welcome to view the exhibits at the conclusion of all exhibit judging (see the program at the event for more information).

When to Remove Your Exhibits
Please see the event schedule for times to remove your exhibit. No exhibits may be removed from the Exhibit Hall before 2:30 p.m. (judges need time to evaluate entries for Special Awards). If you must leave before this time, we advise that you arrange for someone else to take your project home because all exhibits not removed from the Exhibit Hall by 4:30 p.m. will be discarded.

Important Note About Valuables
Michigan History Day and its sponsors are not responsible for the loss of or damage to projects or personal belongings during event activities. Although room monitors will be nearby during the competition, staff or volunteers cannot be asked to hold or “guard” particular items at any time. If you decide to leave a valuable item in your exhibit, you must take responsibility for its security. We recommend that you, a teacher, or a parent arrange to be present during public viewing times. Michigan History Day is not responsible for personal items left at Bay City Central High School.

Review the Rules
Please review the rules for the competition and your category in the National History Day Contest Rulebook. The rulebook can be read, saved, or printed from www.hsmichigan.org/programs/mhd/teacher-resources.

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Documentary

Bring 4 copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography!

Uploading Process
Students will upload their documentaries before the event.

  • IMPORTANT: Video file uploads are due Monday, April 16.  These files will be considered FINAL versions by the judge team.
  • Below are instructions for uploading your video files. ONLY ONE GROUP MEMBER NEEDS TO UPLOAD THE VIDEO FILE.
  • Name your video file the same name as your documentary TITLE
  1. Go to google.com
  2. In the upper right hand corner, click on the blue “Sign In” button
  3. Create an account if needed
  4. Write down your username and password for reference
  5. In the upper right hand corner, click on the Apps box on the toolbar (it is made up of nine small boxes)
  6. Click on Drive
  7. Click on the Drop Down Menu “My Drive”
  8. Click “Upload files”
  9. Select the file you wish to upload and click open.  It will upload to your Google account.
  10. Share the file with mhddocumentary@gmail.com
  11. To share, right click on the file and hit “share” OR click on the share button on the toolbar in the upper right hand corner
  12. In the “Share with others” box enter mhddocumentary@gmail.com
  13. Select “Can Edit” next to where you enter the email address.  This is important to ensure that your documentary can be shared with the judges.
  14. Under “Add a note” write your name and exact entry title
  15. Click send
  16. You will receive a confirmation email when your file has been tested by HSM staff

Technology
Students will need to bring a backup version of their documentaries to the competition. This could be on an USB Drive or on their laptop. At the competition, you will be responsible for playing your video through your Google account, or, if necessary, your USB Drive or laptop.

The Judging Process
Please arrive at your room at least 20 minutes before your presentation begins (you may come early to watch previous projects if you would like). If the room is closed, wait quietly outside until the ongoing student interview is complete and the door is opened. The judges will take your process paper and bibliography as soon as the previous interview is finished. The judges will let you know when they are ready to view your documentary. When your documentary is finished, the judges will interview you.

Your Audience
Documentaries are open to the public, but the audience may enter and exit only during the set-up or after the interview time. No one may enter while a documentary is in progress, so make sure that family and friends arrive on time! Judges cannot delay your documentary to wait for audience members and may even begin early if they are ahead of schedule.

Review the Rules
Please review the rules for the competition and your category in the National History Day Contest Rulebook. The rulebook can be found online at www.hsmichigan.org/programs/mhd/teacher-resources. You do not have to provide your own computer.

IMPORTANT: The old technology rules for the National competition are still in effect.

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Website

Online Submission and Project Deadlines
After Monday, April 16, students will be LOCKED OUT of editing their websites until the 2018 Michigan History Day State Finals is over. The version of the student website that is online Tuesday, April 17, is the final version, and no further editing is permitted until the State Finals is completed. This is to ensure that judges, who view the website entries in advance of the competition, will all see the same version of the project. Once the competition is over, students will again have access to their websites.

The Judging Process
The judges will already have reviewed your website, annotated bibliography, and process paper (both the bibliography and process paper should be incorporated into your site). They will meet with you for a 10-minute interview to discuss your work.

Your Audience
Websites are open to the public, but the audience will only be allowed to enter or exit in between interviews. No one may enter while a website interview is in progress, so make sure that family and friends arrive on time!

Review the Rules
Please review the rules for the competition and your category in the National History Day Contest Rulebook. The rulebook can be found online at www.hsmichigan.org/programs/mhd/teacher-resources.

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