2015 State History Day Contest Guidance
The Alaska History Day state contest will be an all digital contest again in 2015. All entries will be submitted electronically.
Contest Dates - The due date for all entries is March 20th and judging will take place March 23-27 Results will be announced on our Facebook page throughout the week of March 23rd as judges complete judging for each category, with a complete list of winners posted on or about March 31st.
Registration - Registration dates for the State Contest are February 15 - March 20, 2015. Please make sure that all required information is entered in the registration form. It is critical that the state coordinator have reliable contact information for students participating in the state contest. Please do not enter your teacher's contact information as teachers often become difficult to contact after the end of the school year.
Submitting Entries - Entries will be submitted via Google Drive which can be accessed from your computer. Google Drive is Google's updated Google Docs application that is free to anyone with a Gmail account. If you do not have a Gmail account please get one before the contest. You will notice the "Drive" link in the menu at the top of your Gmail page. Simply select this link and follow the instructions to upload and share your students' entries. When asked to enter an email address for the person you want to share the file with please send it to email@example.com. All entries must be received by March 20th. Late entries will not be judged.
Judging - Judging will take place at the National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office in Anchorage and online via video or teleconference.
Student Interviews - Check back for more information.
Below is general guidance for submitting entries:
Documentary and Performance Categories - Documentaries and Performances must be submitted in a file format that can be read by Apple QuickTime or Windows Media Player.
Websites - There is no change for websites. Websites must be created in the National History Day website portal accessible through the National History Day homepage. Please remind students that they must publish their website and provide the url in the online registration form in order for it to be accessible to the History Day judges.
Paper category - All students will be asked to submit their entry as a pdf file. The primary reason for this is that a pdf file cannot be changed. The small file size of papers means that they do not have to be sent using Google Drive. Sending them as an email attachment to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address is acceptable.
Exhibit category - All students will submit their entry using the template below. Please do not convert PowerPoint templates to pdf files. While this was requested last year we have found that web conference software opens PowerPoint formatted documents more easily than pdf formatted documents. Students will not be allowed to change the background or design of the template in anyway, however they may add additional slides as needed. Exhibits must stand on their own. It is important that teachers and students understand that they are not doing a PowerPoint presentation. They are using a template. Please read the instructions carefully before using the template.
Exhibit Entry Template
Instructions for Exhibit Entry Template
New Rules for National History Day
As you may have heard National History Day updated its rules for 2015. Rules changes include new guidance for citing sources on exhibit entries, a requirement for word count in all categories, and clarification of multimedia use in websites, requirements for giving credit in websites. Follow the link to the Contest Rule Book at right to see the all new rules. These rules are the same at each level of competition. If you have questions please contact your state or local coordinator.