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Contest Details

Florida History Day 20​22 State Contest Details

State Contest at Tallahassee Community College

County coordinators should arrange for teachers or chaperones to be present in each competition area to supervise and support the students in their delegation. Students are asked to exhibit their best behavior while at Tallahassee Community College. We understand that everyone will be "keyed up," but please respect the fact that TCC staff and students have business to conduct without being distracted by noisy or rambunctious youth.

Student Registration

Students advancing to the state contest must register online at FL.NHD.ORG. Please download the 2022 State Contest Registration Guidelines for important information on the registration process. Student registration must be completed online by April 5, 2022.

Student Check In

Student check in will be held in the Student Union Food Court at the following times:

Sunday, May 1

3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, May 2 

7:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Check in will be conducted by category (paper, exhibit, documentary, website, performance). Students report to the appropriate category table to pick up their registration card, which lists their judging time and location.

Judging Time

Judging of exhibits, websites, and historical papers will begin at 10:00 a.m., with judges interviewing students at ten-minute intervals. Exhibit judges read process papers from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Paper and website judges receive and review their entries in advance of the contest.

Judging in the documentary and performance categories will begin at 9:20 a.m. Each entry will be allowed 20 minutes to set up, present, and disassemble. Judges will read process papers during the five-minute set-up period and interview students during the five-minute disassembly.

Exhibit Setup

Exhibits may be set up from 3:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday and 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. on Monday. Students are responsible for assembling their exhibit entirely, including using power tools. Parents and teachers MAY NOT assist the assembly process, although they may provide reasonable help carrying the exhibit and lifting it onto the display table. Individuals who violate this rule will be asked to leave the exhibit area. Students who require electricity must supply their own power cord.

Process Papers

Students in every category except websites should arrive with four copies of a process paper with a title page and an annotated bibliography. Students in the exhibit category retain one copy and ensure that three copies are in front of their exhibit by 9:00 a.m. on Monday. Students in first-round performance and documentary judging bring four copies to their presentation. Judges will retain one copy and return three, which students bring to runoff presentations. Historical papers should bring three copies of their paper which must include their process paper and annotated bibliography.

Media Equipment

Documentary classrooms at TCC are equipped with a computer with a DVD drive, monitor, projector, and screen. 

Entry Representation

At least one member of a group entry and the creator of any individual entry must be present to meet with the judges. A student who has not been part of an entry's research and development may not be substituted at the last minute for an individual who is unable to attend.


Entries in the performance and documentary categories that advance to runoffs will be announced in the Student Union at approximately 2:30 p.m. Presentations will begin at approximately 3:00 p.m. Runoffs in the exhibit, website, and historical paper categories will not be posted. Judges do not interview students again during the runoff phase in any category.

Special Accommodations

Please contact the Florida History Day Coordinator by March 29 if a participant will require special assistance or access: [email protected].

Responsibility for Equipment

Florida History Day and Tallahassee Community College are not responsible for participant equipment, regardless of the value. We advise students not to leave valuable equipment or personal effects unattended.

Public Viewing

The Lifetime Sports Complex will be open to the public for viewing of exhibits, websites, and historical papers from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Exhibits MAY NOT be removed before 4:30 p.m., and all exhibits must be removed by 6:00 p.m. Exhibits remaining after 6:00 p.m. will be discarded.

Dining Options

The Food Court in the TCC Student Union will be open on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., providing participants with on-site alternatives for lunch and snacks. Numerous restaurants and fast-food places are located within a mile or two of TCC. Tennessee Street between Ocala Road and FSU also offers a wide selection of eateries. In addition, three main highway corridors—North Monroe Street, Apalachee Parkway, and Thomasville Road—are within easy driving distance and offer a variety of restaurants and leisure activities. For specific options, consult a Tallahassee/Leon County Visitor Guide, available at the information table in the Student Union or find more options at

Gathering Spots at TCC

Students are asked to congregate in the Student Union before and after their interview. They may wait outside or in the lobby of their presentation building ten minutes before their interview. Out of respect for other students presenting please remain quiet in this area.

History Day T-Shirts/Souvenirs

Florida History Day t-shirts will be on sale in the Student Union Food Court during registration on Sunday and throughout the day on Monday. Please be prepared to pay with cash or by check because credit card sales will not be available. The Museum of Florida History retail shop also will have souvenirs, books, and other items on sale in the Student Union.

Museum Open House

The Museum of Florida History (MFH) will host an Open House for students, teachers, and family members on Monday, May 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The state history museum, MFH interprets Florida history from prehistoric to modern times. Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided. The Museum is located in the R. A. Gray Building, 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, 32399, approximately five miles east of Tallahassee Community College. Free parking is available in a garage immediately south of the Gray Building. Admission is free of charge.

Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 3, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Students who cannot be present should designate someone to accept their award in case they win. The Donald L. Tucker Civic Center is located at 505 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, 32301, at the intersection of South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Abundant free parking is located at the site, but allow extra time for parking and walking to the Exhibit Hall.

National Contest Participants

Immediately following the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, first- and second-place winners will meet with the state coordinator to receive information about the National History Day (NHD) competition.

County coordinators will go to a designated area to pick up students' judging sheets and certificates. Coordinators who cannot attend must designate a representative to pick up the packets and inform the state coordinator by May 1. Packets will only be given to a coordinator or designated representative. Unclaimed materials will be mailed to county coordinators, who must distribute them to students in a timely manner.