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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 2023. We anticipate that all contests will be held in person, with virtual accommodations available for those who need them. 

Our regional contests will be held on Sunday, March 12th in Stoneham and Leicester. While we’re eager to return to three or four regional contests in future years, our current participation numbers are still lower than they were pre-pandemic. However, thanks to our funding from the state and Mass Cultural Council, we are able to hire a new staff position to help us increase outreach efforts. This funding is contingent on sustaining and growing the program, and we are committed to broadening participation across the Commonwealth. We see this year's contest structure as a temporary solution that allows us to make the regional contests as accessible as possible to students from across the state.

If your students need assistance getting to the 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 nhd@masshist.org for more information.

Registration Open until March 1st!

Registration Deadline and Project Lockout Date is 11:59 PM on Wednesday, March 1st. If you have any registration questions, please email your contest coordinator. 

Leicester Regional

The Leicester Regional Contest will take place on Sunday, March 12th.  Regional Coordinator Leah Cardullo can be reached at mhdsouthshore@gmail.com.

Register for the Leicester Regional Competition here

Stoneham Regional

The Stoneham Regional Competition will take place on Sunday, March 12th. Regional Coordinator Paula Sampson can be reached at greaterbostonmhd@gmail.com

Register for the Stoneham Competition here!

2023 Regional Competition Assignments

Below you will find your assigned competition for the 2023 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.

Regional One (Stoneham)

 

Regional Two (Leicester)

 

Andover
Arlington
Bedford
Belmont
Boston
Brockton
Brookline
Burlington
Byfield
Cambridge
Deerfield
Everett
Gloucester
Gill

Hingham
Lexington
Lincoln
Lynn
Malden
Marlborough
Medford
Manchester-by-the-Sea
Milton
Needham
Newton
North Andover
Quincy

Reading
Revere
Rockport
Saugus
Somerville
South Hamilton
Stoneham
Waltham
Wellesley
Wenham
Weston
Winchester
Winthrop
Woburn

Attleboro
Ashburnham
Blackstone
Bolton
Brockton
Canton
Dedham
Deerfield
Easthampton
Framingham
Franklin
Foxborough
Fitchburg

Gill
Greenfield
Groton
Hadley
Leicester
Littleton
Mansfield
Mashpee
Medfield
Norton
Pittsfield
Plymouth
Southborough

 

Springfield
Sudbury
Townsend
Tyngsborough
Wayland
Westford
Worcester

Student Registration Numbers

For the 2022-2023 season, we have maintained the increased 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.

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.

If you have any questions about student websites, please email us at nhd@masshist.org

Virtual Projects

We recognize that during the ongoing pandemic, some students may still be unable to compete in person at our competitions. We will continue to offer a virtual option for these students to compete. Please contact us for details on how to create and submit a virtual project.

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 $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.

2023 Awards Policy

As we are holding two contests for the 2023 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 1, 2023 at Winchester High School in Winchester, MA (80 Skillings Rd, Winchester, MA 01890).

National Contest

The National contest will be held from Sunday, June 11th, 2023 to Thursday, June 15th, 2023 in University of Maryland College Park. Watch this space for more details!