Regional Events

Virtual Regional History Day 2020

Virtual Regional Results

Includes entries previously scheduled for Metro Junior West, St. Paul Public Schools, Southeast, Metro Junior Central, Minneapolis Public Schools, South Central, West Central, Central, and Metro Junior East Regional events. 

  • Website Category
  • Exhibit, Documentary, and Performance: Available Monday, April 6

 

A Note from Staff

 

We appreciate that we are all facing a lot of challenges this year as situations change daily. We recognize that this is not a perfect system, but are dedicated to creating an opportunity for students to showcase their work, get feedback, and be recognized within the limitations we have. We understand that technology and access may be limited for some students and will work with teachers to overcome individual hurdles as needed and as possible. We appreciate your understanding. 

 

General Information

Suspended In-Person Regionals

The Virtual Regional Contest includes all entries that were scheduled to be judged at the Metro Junior West, St. Paul Public Schools, Southeast, Metro Junior Central, Minneapolis Public Schools, South Central, West Central, Central, and Metro Junior East Regional events. 

Entries, Schedule and Advancement

We are operating from the assumption that all entries that were registered (or in the process of being registered) for one of the remaining Regional contests will be participating in the virtual contest. The schedule we will create next week will pull entries from across the state into one virtual contest - but entries from different regions will not compete against each other for State Qualifier spots. 

Dropping Students from Participation

If you have students who do not want to participate in a virtual Regional contest, please let me know as soon as possible, and ideally before Wednesday, March 18. Exhibit, Documentary, and Performance students who do not upload their materials by the deadline will be considered dropped from the contest. 

Interviews

We understand that this may be a disappointment for some students, but the technical capacity required of students and judges, the administrative complexity it would involve for us, and data privacy issues means we will not have interviews in the Virtual Regional Contest. Please remember and remind students: Interviews are NOT part of the evaluation criteria. The actual evaluation of the projects won’t change.

Invoices and Fees

Since we are suspending the in-person contest - but running a virtual contest instead - we will still be charging Regional Registration fees of $12 for students participating in the virtual contest. Medals, judge thank you gifts, postage, cancellation fees for venues, etc. are all expenses for which we are responsible. Any entry who drops from participation by the material upload deadline will not be invoiced. Schools will be invoiced for all regional entries after the material upload deadline.

Websites

URLs for Website entries were already submitted through Regional online registration. No further action is needed from students to participate in the Virtual Regional Contest. If a student wishes to drop-out of participation, they must notify Sammi Jo Papas (Samantha.Papas@mnhs.org) by Wednesday, March 18 at noon.

Website Judging Timeline

  • Thursday, March 19 at 10:59 pm: Websites are locked out of editing
  • Friday, March 20 - Monday, March 30: Remote judging (no student interviews)
  • Tuesday, March 31: Website State Qualifiers announced

 

Exhibits, Documentaries, and Performances

Additional Action Needed: All students in these categories must complete an additional materials upload in order to participate in the Virtual Regional Contest. If a student does not complete the additional requirements by the deadline, we will assume they do not want to participate and drop them from the contest. 

Timeline for Exhibit, Documentary, and Performance Judging 

  • Thursday, March 26 at 10:59 pm: Materials Upload Deadline (see more information below)
  • Friday, March 27 - Sunday, April 5: Remote judging (no student interviews)
  • Monday, April 6: Exhibit, Documentary, and Performance State Qualifiers announced

 

Exhibits

  • Finish Your Exhibit: You will need to take photographs of a completed physical exhibit.
  • Please Note: Students may need to take photos of their exhibit before they are done editing their text. It is okay if the text you include in your template does not match what is shown in the photos. The judges will refer to the text you include in your template as your “final” version.
  • Complete the Template: You will combine photographs of your exhibit and copies of your text into the Google Drive or PowerPoint template. Follow the instructions in the template to complete.
  • Google Slides Exhibit Template
  • PowerPoint Exhibit Template 
  • Save the Template as a PDF: Once your template has been completed, you must save it as a PDF before uploading it. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Slides presentation as a PDF, go to “File, and “Download As” and select the .pdf option.
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as ONE PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option.
  • Exhibit Virtual Regional Materials Upload: Forms were due for submission at 10:59 pm on March 26.

Documentaries

  • Finalize Your Documentary: Using your Documentary software, save your project in a format you can upload. If you are uploading to Google Drive, we recommend saving it as an MP4.
  • Upload Your Documentary: We recommend uploading to a Google Drive folder and updating the sharing permissions to be viewable by anyone with the link - and viewable by someone outside of your school district. YouTube is permissible, but take caution that even unlisted YouTube links are sometimes removed due to copyright.
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as ONE PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option.
  • Documentary Virtual Regional Materials Upload: Forms were due for submission at 10:59 pm on March 26.

 

Performances

  • Record Your Performance: You may attempt multiple takes of your Performance, but the final submission must have been done in one take. Your final submission may not be edited in any way, no zooming or special effects are permitted. The recording should be as if a judge is sitting and watching your presentation. The quality of iPhone and iPad recordings should be fine as long as you try to minimize background noise.
  • Save Your Performance: Upload the file as a private/unlisted YouTube video or save to your Google Drive. If saving to Google Drive, make sure to change the sharing settings so that it is viewable by anyone with the link - and viewable by someone outside of your school district. Save this URL.
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as ONE PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option.
  • Performance Virtual Regional Materials Upload: Forms were due for submission at 10:59 pm on March 26.

Questions 

You are welcome to contact any History Day staff member with questions. Minnesota History Day staff are most easily reachable via email.

 

Earlier Updates

 

In-Person Regional Event Results and Photos

Virtual Regional Contest Contacts

 

About the Regional Level of Competition (General, not Virtual Contests)

National History Day in Minnesota is sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota, Department of History
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