NHDC November Newsletter
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This November, we want you to know that we are thankful for all our teachers, students, parents, and amazing volunteers!

Our brand new website is LIVE!
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We also have a number of fantastic events and opportunities coming up!
 Read on for details...

This month's featured teacher, Kelly Cvanciger (left), with students during the 2017 contest season.
Kelly Cvanciger

This month's featured teacher, Kelly Cvanciger, has been teaching History Day in her classroom for five years at Bear Creek High School. She previously served as the Western Pennsylvania NHD Regional Coordinator while she was a graduate student. She was also NHDC's Teacher of the Year recipient in the senior division in 2017. Equipped with a PhD in Russian History and as a seasoned history educator, Kelly consistently brings students with competitive projects on unique topics to State and Nationals. She says that she remembers her first National Qualifier, and states that it was confirmation of the high quality of work that NHD motivates students to produce.

Kelly says her biggest takeaway from NHD is "how transformative the NHD curriculum can be to individual students. Students who are invested in NHD create projects that are amazing and are often of higher quality than standard classroom projects." Regarding her favorite NHD memories, she says that "when students feel they nailed an interview, they walk out of the interview room and are smiling from ear to ear, and it's all due to their historical knowledge".

This year, Kelly is also taking on a new role as the new Regional Coordinator of the Denver Metro Region. The regional contest will take place at Bear Creek High School on March 10, complete with merch and food trucks!

Register to judge now!
Juan Carlos Franco Orellana

This month's featured student, Juan Carlos Franco Orellana, or Franco as he prefers, is a senior at Bear Creek High School and is a student of featured teacher, Kelly Cvanciger. 

Franco began doing NHD in his 8th grade year, and is now participating for a fourth year. Franco loves NHD because he believes "that we have to reflect on our past and learn from it to prevent history from repeating itself." He also attests that History Day has taught him the "value of history, both the good and bad, and how it shaped our current society."

Franco's 2017 performance, "Vive La Revolution: Robespierre and His Radical Stand" landed him a spot at Nationals and as the featured performer at our annual Back-to-School Luncheon. He received a standing ovation from the crowd, something he says is one of his favorite History Day memories. You can watch his amazing performance HERE. Senator Michael Bennet also featured Franco's performance and gave a shoutout to Mrs. Cvanciger in a recent Facebook post.
Franco in full costume with Senator Michael Bennet at the 2017 Back-to-School Luncheon. 
History Colorado & Denver Art Museum

This month we are featuring long-time cultural partners History Colorado and the Denver Art Museum. NHDC has had the pleasure of working with both of these organizations for several years, and we are launching a new partnership--the Denver Regional Contest will be held on April, 7th in cooperation with both organizations to make this a true Golden Triangle event. This undertaking was spearheaded by History Colorado's Manager of School and Teacher Programs, April Legg and Denver Art Museum's Manager of Teacher and School Outreach Programs, Kristina Mahoney. Other museums in the area, including Byers-Evans House and Clyfford Still Museum will also be providing space and museum admissions.
April Legg at History Colorado says that this partnership is important to them because History Day goes hand-in-hand with their mission. She believes that History Day "helps students develop the necessary critical thinking skills needed to understand stories from Colorado's diverse past and to grasp their relevance to issues we face today." She notes that it also "helps us connect teachers and students to stories traditionally underrepresented in history classes." To promote some of these underrepresented stories, History Colorado is sponsoring a special award at the State Contest for the best individual project on Chicano History in Colorado in both the junior and senior divisions.
Thank you to these two amazing organizations for all their continued support!

Do you need assistance providing supplies for your students to complete their History Day projects? The State Office has funds available for supply grants.

Application closes November 30.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PARTNER: Colorado Student Leaders Institute
National History Day in Colorado is proud to support our partner, Colorado Student Leaders Institute! Colorado Student Leaders Institute (COSLI) is a state-legislated, summer residential program on the University of Colorado Denver campus. For one month each summer, Colorado's best and brightest students, chosen from a competitive pool of applicants, live and study on the campus and earn three hours of college credit. 

The application for the 2018 Summer Institute is available now. Students can access instructions and apply via the online portal HERE. Applications close January 31.

If you are interested in sponsoring a student (at the cost of $400), or making a donation to help COSLI meet its fundraising goal, please CLICK HERE.

Please join us for what will likely be our final teacher training of the year. Teachers from all regions are welcome. The training is eligible for professional development hours, and also qualifies participants to sign up for the Graduate and Continuing & Professional Education class through CU Denver.
December 1 from 9:00-3:00
Tutt Library, Colorado College

NHDC WANTS YOU! Judging registration links for a number of Regional Contests, as well as the State Contest, are now open. It is never too early to sign up as a judge! Visit our website for more links to judge at Regional Contests around the state. Contact the Regional Coordinators for more information.
Greater Denver Metro Contest
March 10
Bear Creek High School

Denver Regional Contest
April 7
History Colorado/Denver Art Museum

University of Colorado Denver 
Dates for in-person judge trainings are TBD. You can always view the ONLINE TRAINING and take the ONLINE QUIZ.
If you attended a 2017 Teacher Training, you are eligible to earn Graduate or Continuing & Professional Education credits through the University of Colorado Denver. The cost is $114 for Continuing & Professional Education credits and $345 for Graduate credits.

Visit our EVENTS PAGE to sign-up with the appropriate form.
Want to create a winning project? Attend one of our research events!
We can't wait to see the amazing projects that our students will create this year! We want to help you put those expert touches on your projects. Consider attending one of our student research and support events.
Broomfield Research Rendezvous
November 30th from 9:15 to 1:30
Mamie Doud Broomfield Public Library
Boulder Research Rendezvous
November 30th from 3:30 to 7:70
Boulder Public Library, Main Branch

  • 3:30-3:50: Website Fundamentals
  • 4:00-4:30: Documentary Tips & Production by Erin Espelie--CU Asst.Prof. of Film Studies. 
  • Winning Exhibits by Carnegie Library/Museum of Boulder 
  • Focus your Thesis by Kayla Gabehart, NHDC Associate Director
  • 5:00-5:30: Performance Scripts by Heather Beasley, Dramaturge at Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
  • Research Methods Using Keywords by CU Researcher

Denver Research Rendezvous
January 21 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm
Denver Public Library, Central Branch
The Research Rendezvous event pairs students with experts to assist with thesis development, research suggestions, and professional advice. Students must register for a 15-minute session with an expert prior to the event. Professional librarians will also be available to point students directly towards the resources they need. 

We will also be hosting mini-sessions during the event:
  • 2:30-3:00: Mastering the Thesis Statement by Kayla Gabehart, NHDC Associate Director
  • 3:00-3:30: Art as a Primary Source by Kristen Fong, American Museum of Western Art
  • 3:30-4:00: Making Documentaries by Eric Hernandez, Associate Producer of Colorado Experience at RMPBS 
  • 4:00-4:30: El Movimiento & Chicano History Resources by Laura Douglas, History Colorado Center
Makers Workshop
February 7 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
History Colorado Center
The Makers Workshop event gives students participating in the Exhibit Category the opportunity to get advice from the professional exhibit creators at History Colorado. Please note this event is ONLY for exhibit contestants. Participants must also be prepared to either layout or construct their exhibit. This is NOT a thesis or research workshop. Some materials will be provided, but please bring anything you plan on using for your exhibit.
National History Day in Colorado has an exclusive partnership with Box Man, Inc., a company that designs History Day exhibit boards to the exact specifications outlined in the NHD Rules.These special boards allow students to maximize the amount of available space on their board without exceeding size limitations. They are available in black and white, and with or without title panels. Additionally, for every board sold in the State of Colorado, National History Day in Colorado gets $1 back to put into programming and supply grants. 

You can order boards directly from the website: Purchase orders can be sent to or faxed to 651-642-0027.
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