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Sunday, April 27, 2014

State NHD Results 2014

National History Day State Competition 2014
April 26, 2014

15 students (11 projects) qualified at regionals and 6 students (4 projects) received recognition at the state contest. The national finalists will travel to College Park, MD in June to compete at the national contest.

Individual Website
Brianna Frazier - National Finalist
"National Association of Colored Women"

Individual Performance
Delaina Lane - National Finalist
"The Death of Emmett Till: He Died so Equal Rights Could Live"

Group Website
Chloe Vogel/Brittany Peurie/Fatima Girad - Honorable Mention
"Margaret Sanger"

Individual Exhibit
Laurie Britt - Honorable Mention
"The Change that Came from a Horror Story: The Impact of the Horrendous Nazi Experiments"

Sunday, March 23, 2014

NHD States 2014

Congratulations to you all!

Advancing to Columbus . . .

Individual Exhibit
Gabby Olivo
Peyton Smigielski
Laurie Britt

Group Exhibit
Cassandra Fernandez/Yasmina Ahmad

Individual Documentary
Emma Hansen

Individual Website
Brianna Frazier
Danielle Bryson
Brooke Gault

Group Website
Carmic Hall/Reyna Armstrong
Chloe Vogel/Brittany Peurie/Fatima Girad

Individual Performance
Delaina Lane

Photos and Delaina's performance here.

You have qualified for States and your work has been recognized; now it's on to Columbus (Saturday, April 26, 2014).

ALL the projects at States are good. 

You kind of have 4 choices regarding your next steps:
1. Don't go (we hope you don't choose this one)
2. Don't make any changes at all (not recommended)
3. Completely start your project over from scratch (ugh)
4. Edit and revise your project to be more competitive (highly recommended)
  • In a week or so the judges sheets will come back; this feedback can be helpful
  • Have us take a really good look at your work
  • Keep researching and adding sources
  • Get your annotated bibs looking spiffy (Use NoodleTools!)
  • Watch the webinars on bibliography and going to the contest
  • There will be a day soon when a local expert or two will come in to look at your work (TBA)
Traveling to States
  • The contest is at the student union at THE Ohio State University
  • If you go down the night before and you need a room book it now; there is always something going on in Columbus 
  • Ms. Al and I will be going down leaving super-early (~5AM) on Saturday morning; I have 5 open seats in my van
  • You must get your picture taken with the Brutus the Buckeye sculpture at the Ohio Union (especially if you are a Michigan fan)
  • If we have time before awards I can give you a quick tour of the campus (I went to school there)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NHD Regional Contest, March 22, 2014

NHD Regional Contest
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Registration 9AM-10AM
Judging starts at 10AM
Awards Ceremony at 2:30PM
1079 Fairview Ave.
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Link to map.

  • There will be at least 1.5 hours between the end of judging and awards
  • There will be time to go to campus or town to eat lunch
  • You do not have to be present for awards to win but it is a lot of fun
What can you do in your "down-time"?
  • Watch documentaries and performances
  • The exhibit hall will be open after judging is over
  • Website judging is usually not public

Please sign-up for the Remind101 text list so that I can get information out to you in a hurry
What to bring to the contest:
  • All you need is your url.

  • Bring your movie in a few different formats (DVD, .mov, .wmv)
  • Arrive early and test your video on their equipment
  • Bring your laptop as a back-up
  • Be sure you export or publish your movie. DO NOT bring a Windows Movie maker or iMovie file!
  • Title page/Process paper/Annotated bibliography -                          4 copies of stapled packet
  • Bring a repair kit for anything that could go wrong with your exhibit (tape, glue stick, etc.)
  • Title page/Process paper/Annotated bibliography -                         4 copies of stapled packet

  • Any props you might need
  • Title page/Process paper/Annotated bibliography -                         4 copies of stapled packet

Judging Schedule - BE ON TIME!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Exhibit Boards

Here are some local options for buying display boards.
I went to Michael's, Hobby Lobby and OfficeMax.

Hobby Lobby had the best selection and prices.
: Hobby Lobby is closed on Sunday.

Plus Hobby Lobby has a weekly 40% off coupon here.

Cardboard display boards are available at Michael's and Hobby Lobby (bigger selection) for about $4-5. I recommend getting foam board instead.

You can see some of the colors that are available. 
Foam board is better. You can get pre-made display boards in black, white and blue at Hobby Lobby. ~$15.99
Hobby Lobby is your best bet for prices and selection.

20 x 30 in. foam panels are $4.99.

Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby 
Hobby Lobby

Friday, January 31, 2014


Here is a good introduction to typography, i.e., the use of different fonts, sizes, etc.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Noodle Tools

Because we are part of NHD we can all get a free account ($15 value) to this great website that will help with your NHD project, especially:
  • creating your MLA bibliography (best citation engine I've seen)
  • keeping track of research notes
  • developing research strategies
  • finding reputable sources
  • collaborative work (group members can share)
Start here.

You Will Need This Information to Create Your Personal ID
School/Library Username: techsnoodle
School/Library Password: techsnhdnoodle

Them create your own Personal ID.

I have just started investigating all the features.

I did find this so far, Something called Sweet Search.

It was among a list of suggested search engines here.