State Contest Overview
The Florida History Day state contest is held at Tallahassee Community College. The Student Union is the site of student registration and the main gathering area. Paper, documentary, performance, exhibit, and website categories are judged in buildings nearby. Details about the contest and a map of the judging sites will be available in March 2018. The Awards Ceremony is held at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum.
|May 6:||Registration and exhibit set up||3:00–8:30 p.m.|
|May 7:||Registration and exhibit set up||7:45–8:45 a.m.|
|Competition judging||9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.|
|Open House at the Museum of Florida History||5:30–7:00 p.m.|
|May 8:||Awards Ceremony||9:00–11:30 a.m.|
Registration, which is conducted by category, takes place on Sunday from 3:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Monday from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Students learn their judging time and location when they register.
Exhibit, historical paper, and website judging begins at 10:00 a.m., with interviews scheduled at ten-minute intervals. Exhibit judges read process papers from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.; website and historical paper judges receive their entries in early April 2018. Documentary and performance judging begins at 9:20 a.m. These categories are allowed twenty minutes to set up, present, and disassemble. Judges read process papers during the setup and interview students during the disassembly. At least one member of any group entry must be present to meet with the judges.
Process Paper / Annotated Bibliography
In addition to interviewing students, judges use the process paper and/or annotated bibliography to learn how a project was created. (See NHD Rule Book, pp. 16-18, for instructions about creating these items.)
Exhibit: students place three copies of their PP/AB (stapled together) in front of their display by 9:00 a.m. on Monday. They keep a spare copy.
Performance and Documentary: students bring four copies of their PP/AB to their presentation. Judges retain one copy and return three, which students bring to the runoff presentation.
Website: students include their PP/AB as separate documents in their website. Printed copies are not required during judging.
Paper: students in the paper category prepare an annotated bibliography but not a process paper. The bibliography is stapled to the paper.
Performances and documentaries that advance to runoffs are announced in the Student Union at about 2:30 p.m. on Monday. Exhibit, website, and historical paper runoffs are not posted. Judges do not interview students again during the runoff phase in any category.
The Lifetime Sports Complex is open to the public for viewing of exhibits, websites, and historical papers from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. All exhibits must be removed by 6:00 p.m.
Museum Open House
On Monday evening, the Museum of Florida History invites students, teachers, and family members to visit from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The official state history museum, MFH interprets Florida's social history from prehistory to modern times with permanent and temporary exhibits.
The Awards Ceremony on Tuesday is held from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. Directions and a map will be posted in March 2018. Students who cannot be present should designate someone to accept their award in case they win. At the end of the ceremony, first- and second-place winners meet with the state coordinator to receive information about the national contest. County coordinators receive student certificates, judging sheets, and NHD information from FHD staff.