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Massachusetts Contest Info

Regional Competitions 

This year, as we work to rebuild and strengthen participation in NHD across the state, we will be holding two regional contests in March of 2022. As of February 3, we have determined that these regional contests will be held virtually.

Registration Open until February 17!

Registration Deadline and Project Lockout Date is 11:59 PM on Thursday, February 17th. If you have any registration questions, please email your contest coordinator. 

South Shore Regionals

The Virtual South Shore Regional Contest will take place on Saturday, March 5th.  Regional Coordinator Leah Cardullo can be reached at mhdsouthshore@gmail.com.

We will be unable to hold virtual interviews, but students, teachers, parents, and friends are invited to attend our Virtual Reflection Roundtable on the afternoon of Contest Day after judging is completed. 

Register for the South Shore Regional Competition here

Greater Boston Regionals

The Virtual Greater Boston Regional Competition will take place on Sunday, March 6. Regional Coordinator Paula Sampson can be reached at greaterbostonmhd@gmail.com

We will be unable to hold virtual interviews, but students, teachers, parents, and friends are invited to attend our Virtual Reflection Roundtable on the afternoon of Contest Day after judging is completed. 

Register for the Greater Boston Competition here!

2022 Regional Competition Assignments

Below you will find your assigned competition for the 2022 NHD Massachusetts season. These assignments are based on location, commute, school size, and average number of projects submitted. If you do not see your school or hometown listed below, please contact the State Coordinators to find out where to register.

Greater Boston

 

South Shore

Andover
Arlington
Ashburnham
Bedford
Belmont
Boston
Burlington
Byfield
Cambridge
Deerfield
Everett
Fitchburg
Gloucester
Gill
Greenfield
Groton
Lexington
Lincoln
Lynn
Malden
Marlborough
Medford
North Andover
Pittsfield
Reading
Revere
Rockport
Saugus
Somerville
Springfield
Stoneham
Sudbury
Townsend
Tyngsborough
Wenham
Westford
Winchester
Winthrop
Woburn
Worcester

Attleboro
Bolton
Braintree
Brockton
Canton
Dedham
Easthampton

Foxborough
Framingham
Hingham
Leicester
Littleton
Mansfield
Mashpee

Medfield
Medway
Milton
Needham
Newton
Norton
Norwood
North Quincy
Plymouth
Southborough
Waltham
Wellesley
West Bridgewater
Weston

Virtual Contest Information

Our Virtual Regional Competitions will still take place on their planned dates (South Shore on March 5 and Greater Boston on March 6). All registration deadlines and virtual project guidelines remain the same.

In accordance with contest rules from the NHD national office, we are not able to hold virtual interviews. Judges will evaluate the student project, process paper, and annotated bibliography.

In the afternoon of each contest date, after judging is completed, students, teachers, families and friends are invited to join us for a Virtual Reflection Roundtable. This will take place at 1 PM on March 5th and 6th, and is completely optional.

Virtual award ceremonies will be held on Monday, March 7, at which time we will announce which projects will advance to the state competition.

Virtual Reflection Roundtables

Even though we cannot meet in person for regionals, we are excited to announce an opportunity—new for the 2022 season—for students to demonstrate their hard work and accomplishments on the NHD journey.

After judging has concluded on contest day, students will be invited to join a small group of their peers in the same project category for a virtual “reflection roundtable” hosted by our judge volunteers. Students will be encouraged to share the successes and challenges they encountered during their research process and project creation, as well as to ask questions of and learn from their fellow students. Students’ families and teachers are welcome to attend the virtual roundtable. Following the session, we will share links to a virtual showcase where students’ wonderful work can be viewed.

The reflection roundtable is entirely optional, and will take place at 1 PM on your assigned contest day (on March 5 and March 6 respectively) after judging has concluded. Just as in-person interviews do not have bearing on judge evaluations, the reflection roundtable will not impact judging in any way.

We will share more information about this opportunity including times, Zoom links, and detailed instructions as the competitions approach. If you have any questions, please contact us at nhd@masshist.org.

Student Registration Numbers

For the 2021-2022 season, we have increased the number of projects allowed per school in order to provide as much opportunity for participation as possible, given that participation is still rebuilding. This year, each participating school may send up to 26 projects in total and up to 10 projects per category (i.e. up to 10 individual websites, 10 group websites, 10 group performances, etc.). These numbers are also per division: if you are a combined Middle and High School, for example, you may send up to 26 projects to the Junior contest and up to 26 to the Senior contest. Please email us if you have any questions about registration numbers.

Project Submissions

This year, students in all five project categories are asked to submit their project materials virtually in advance of competition day. Please see our Virtual Project Guidelines page for more information.

NHD Websites: Alternative Web Builders

While NHD’s website builder, NHDWebCentral, has improved significantly since first launched, we have heard from MA teachers that it is still challenging for students and an accessibility concern for some schools. This year, MA students may build websites either on NHDWebCentral or a school-approved platform like Google or Microsoft using their school account. If a student who chooses an alternative platform advances to the National contest, we will help them to transition their website to NHDWebCentral, which is the only platform accepted at Nationals.

Please visit our Virtual Project Guidelines page for details of using an alternative website builder for the 2022 Massachusetts competitions. If you have any questions about student websites, please email us at nhd@masshist.org

Registration Fees

We want to reduce or eliminate as many barriers to participation in the contests as possible. Thanks to the generous support of the Mass Cultural Council, we have reduced registration fees again this year to $10/student for the Regional Competitions and $12/student for the State Competition; we will also offer registration fee waivers for students who request them. 

2022 Awards Policy

As we are holding two contests for the 2020 season instead of our usual four, this year we will be awarding two first place, two second place, and two third place awards in each given category at our Regional Contests. The six projects per category that place at Regionals will advance to the State competition. For example, in the Junior Individual Documentary category, six projects will win medals and move on to the State competition from each of our two Regional contests.

State Competition

The Massachusetts State Competition will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Winchester High School. Watch this space for more info!

National Contest

The National contest will be held virtually from Sunday, June 12th, 2022 to Thursday, June 16th, 2022. Watch this space for more details!