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Massachusetts Contest Info

This year, as we work to rebuild and strengthen participation in NHD across the state, we will be holding two regional contests and one state contest (see below for details). We anticipate that all contests will be held in person, with accommodations available for those who need them. 

We plan to hold our 2022 National History Day competitions in person. However, in case health guidelines change we are also asking students to submit their materials virtually for all five project categories in advance of competition day. Please see our virtual project page for details and instructions.

We will continue to update this page with more information as the contest season approaches. Please also download our NHD 2020-2021 Calendar for important dates and contest deadlines.

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. If the in-person competition is a barrier to you or to any of your students, please email the state coordinators and we will arrange accommodations.

Registration Opens on January 5th!

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 South Shore Regional Contest will take place on Saturday, March 5th at Foxborough High School (120 South St, Foxborough MA 02035).  Regional Coordinator Leah Cardullo can be reached at mhdsouthshore@gmail.com.

Register for the South Shore Regional Competition here

Greater Boston Regionals

The Greater Boston Regional Competition will take place on Sunday, March 6 at Stoneham Middle School (101 Central Street, Stoneham MA 02180).  Regional Coordinator Paula Sampson can be reached at greaterbostonmhd@gmail.com

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
Andover
Attleboro
Bolton
Braintree
Brockton
Canton
Dedham
Foxborough
Framingham
Hingham
Leicester
Littleton
Mansfield
Mashpee
Medfield
Medway
Milton
Needham
Newton
Norton
Norwood
North Quincy
Plymouth
Southborough
Waltham
Wellesley
West Bridgewater
Weston

 

We recognize that the change in contest location may cause a hardship, and are prepared to offer transport stipends and other accommodations to cover the costs of transportation to the regional and state contests. Please email us at nhd@masshist.org if you would like to request additional support.

Students 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 in person from Sunday, June 12th, 2022 to Thursday, June 16th, 2022, at the University of College Park, Maryland. Watch this space for more info!