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Massachusetts Contest Info

2024 Contest Dates

This year, in recognition of the growth in participation we have seen again since the peak of the COVID-10 pandemic, we will be holding three regional contests again this March! 

Saturday, March 2nd:

Stoneham Regional Competition: Stoneham Central Middle School (149 Franklin Street Stoneham, MA 02180). Contest Coordinator: Paula Sampson,

Foxborough Regional Competition: Foxborough High School (120 South St, Foxborough, MA 02035). Contest Coordinator: Leah Cardullo,

Sunday, March 10th:

Leicester Regional Competition: Leicester Middle School (174 Paxton St Leicester MA). Contest Coordinator: Norman Everett (email TBA).

Saturday, April 6th:

Massachusetts State Competition: Winchester High School (80 Skillings Road, Winchester, MA 01890). Contest Coordinator: Simbrit Paskins,

Registration for Regional Competitions will open in January 2024, date TBA.

Scheduling Conflicts

Please the list of school assignments below for the Regional competition you must register for. If students have a conflict with their assigned contest date, please email your assigned regional coordinator no later than February 15th, 2024 and they will transfer you to an alternate Regional contest. 

In-Person Interviews Required

To be eligible to compete, students must participate in person on contest day and complete an interview with judges. If medical or religious reasons will prevent a student from attending any of our in-person contests, please contact the State Coordinator, Simbrit Paskins, at no later than February 15th, 2024 to request a virtual interview. We will continue to offer virtual interviews to these students if other options do not need their needs.

Travel Assistance

Need help getting to your regional contest? Please get in touch! We are prepared to offer bus stipends to cover the costs of transportation to the Regional and State contests as well as other accommodations upon request. Please email us at for more information.

2023 Regional Competition Assignments

2024 season assignments to our regional competitions are coming soon--please watch this space!

Below you will find your assigned competition for the 2024 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.

Student Registration Per School

Each school may send up to the following number of projects to their Regional Contest in each category:

Chart titled Maximum # of Projects per Category a School can send to their Regional Competition. The chart shares the following information: Schools can send the following number of projects to their Regional Junior Division (Grades 6-8) and Senior Division (Grades 9-12). Group Website: 4; Individual Website: 4; Group Exhibit: 4; Individual Exhibit: 4; Group Documentary: 3; Individual Documentary: 3; Group Performance: 3; Individual Performance: 3; Papers: 5

These maximum numbers per school return us to our pre-pandemic allowances, and ensure a fair and manageable Regional competition for all participants. Please email us if you have any questions.

Registration Fees

We want to reduce or eliminate as many barriers to participation in the contests as possible. Thanks to support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we have reduced registration fees again this year to $10/student for the Regional Competitions and $10/student for the State Competition; we will also offer registration fee waivers for students who request them by filling out the form at the link.

National Contest

The National Contest will be held from Sunday, June 9th, 2024 to Thursday, June 13th, 2024 in University of Maryland College Park.