NHDC February Newsletter
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Contest season is in full swing! There are a number of contests in need of judges, SEE BELOW!
Winner's Circle at the 2018 San Luis Valley Regional Contest, January 27, 2018. Student of the month, Annika Cortright, is in the front row, second from the right.
Check Out Our Feature!
This month, we were featured in the Optimist Club of Monaco South Newsletter. Every year, they allow us to speak to their organization, they provide many judges for several contests, and give a generous donation.

Thank you Optimists!

Check out the feature HERE.

Hosted by our partners, Teaching with Primary Sources and Metro State University Denver and the History Colorado Center, this highly anticipated cornerstone event is held early each year. Typically, the Teacher Librarian Day (TLD) conference hosts 200 educators. The day consists of a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations, and performances on a varying range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder - and to provoke conversations that matter. To make the event easier to attend, Teaching with Primary Sources-MSU Denver pays for up to 100 attendee substitutes.

February 23, 2018
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
History Colorado Center

The CCSS Annual Conference is a great opportunity for humanities educators across the State to learn and network. This year, along with a number of other fabulous presenters, National History Day in Colorado will be hosting a session entitled, "Promoting Civil Discourse Through History: Using Primary and Secondary Sources to Examine Competing Perspectives." Full event details below.

31st Colorado Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference Bridging the Divides: Civil Discourse in the 21st Century
In our democracy institutions and social organizations are dependent upon differing perspectives coming together in pursuit of a common goal. Economic progress, social movements, historical points of view, and environmental considerations often create fractures among groups. This Spring, we will explore the role that social studies has in creating communities where competing ideas can be held and progress continues. Join the Colorado Council for Social Studies Annual conference Bridging the Divides: Civil Discourse in the 21st Century.

April 13, 2018
8:00 am -5:00 pm
History Colorado Center

This year, National History Day in Colorado is proud to introduce you to our digital intern, Samantha Register. Samantha is here to answer any and all of your History Day questions. 

She can be contacted at with emailed inquiries. If you would like to arrange a video chat with her, you can do so before 9:00 am and after 3:00 pm on Friday, but you must email her to make an appointment.
John Willis
This month's featured teacher is John Willis of Sargent High School. Mr. Willis has been implementing History Day in his classroom for twelve years, as he believes that it "allows students to experience and investigate history on a higher level." He says, "When students are learning by doing, they are gaining a much deeper understanding. That builds up students who will be more successful and active participants in our society."

At this year's San Luis Valley Regional Contest on January 27, Mr. Willis had a number of State Contest Qualifiers. Along with many years of competitive state projects, Willis says his favorite History Day memory was when his former student, Mary Hood, became his small, rural school district's first ever national qualifier!

We can't wait to see who your next national qualifier might be. Thank you for many years of service, Mr. Willis!
FEATURED STUDENT: Annika Cortright
This month's featured student is Annika Cortright, a senior at Sargent High School and a student of Mr. Willis. Cortright qualified for the State Contest this year and is also a veteran State Contest participant. Cortright has participated for five years, and completed her first project in the eighth grade. 

Cortright credits History Day for teaching her about research, hard work, and speaking in front of people. Regarding what she loves most about History Day, she says, "It makes me look more deeply into something than I would have otherwise." She adds, "With every project I have done, it never fails to amaze me how a major or even little event can have an impact on today... there are more lessons to be learned that just what we know from the classroom." As for her favorite memory, Cortright says, "I have gone to state every year and each year I bring back new memories. I can't pick a favorite." She does, however, enjoy seeing the many people she has met over the years at the State Contest.

Good luck, Annika!
FEATURED Partner: Telecommunications History Group
This month's featured partner is the Telecommunications History Group (THG). The group "proudly preserves and shares the rich heritage of an industry that has had and continues to have a huge impact on our society, our culture, and most of all our ability to communicate. The telecommunications industry created the roots of modern communication technologies, making possible the development and evolution of radio, TV, and computers, in addition to telephones in all their shapes and functions." They believe that "history reflects not only key milestones in communication development but also a living and continually changing record of our lives, the way we conduct business, and our culture as a whole."

The Telecommunications History Group also has an archive, though to visit you must make an appointment. The Group is currently working on an exhibit about the involvement and impact of telecommunications during time of war and conflict, and it will be available to view both online and in-person. Be sure and check out their website,, for more information about these and many other exciting opportunities.

Telecommunications History Group has been a long-time supporter of History Day. Executive Director Lisa Berquist says, "We support NHDC because we support the next generation of leaders in Colorado and across the globe, and because we believe that National History Day helps students understand change and how the society we live in came to be." The Group generously sponsors an award at the State Contest for the best project on telecommunications history.

We are proud to partner with Telecommunications History Group, especially as all forms of technology become ubiquitous in our lives!
Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Patty Limerick, with 2017 National Senior Paper Winner, Stephanie Reitzig, at the 2017 Luncheon.

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

Aurora Contest
March 17
Anschutz Medical Campus

Boulder Contest
March 17
Southern Hills Middle 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.

Every year, nearly 800 students compete in the National History Day in Colorado State Contest on the University of Colorado Denver campus. Held the first Saturday in May, this event draws nearly 3,000 students, parents, teachers, and other supporters.
Full, half, and quarter page ads available. Designs must be submitted by April 14.

Contact with inquiries.

Avoid generalizations in your writing. Be precise and try not to assume things about large groups of people. For example, avoid statements like, "women in the 1920s became flappers." Not all women were flappers or approved of their lifestyle. A more precise statement might be, "many young women in urban centers adopted the flapper lifestyle with the goal of female liberation." This statement is true, and avoids classifying all women in the 1920s as flappers.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PARTNER: The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL)

Crisis and Clarity in the Middle East National Security Forum
March 13 @ 7:00 pm
Ellie Caulkins Opera House

This event will feature His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Ibn Al-Hussein, of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and Ambassador Dennis Ross, Middle East policy adviser to five U.S. presidents. This critical forum will address current security concerns in the Middle East and what the future holds for both the U.S.’s and Jordan’s involvement.

Friends of National History Day in Colorado can obtain complimentary tickets HERE using promo code: CELLEmpower18

Hurry, these tickets will sell out fast!

4th and 5th grade students are welcome to participate in History Day through the Elementary Poster Contest. Students complete posters, a scaled-down version of the Exhibit category, on the next year's theme (Triumph & Tragedy) and on a Colorado topic. Teachers hold in-school contests and the top three posters will be displayed at museums around the state on Colorado Day, August 1st, to kick-off our contest year. 
Register your Class HERE

Register by March 30

NHDC is again offering a number of supplementary opportunities for students during the State Contest. Please note that these contests are NOT just for State Qualifiers. Anyone who completed a project during the 2018 contest cycle can apply.

T-Shirt Design Contest
Students have the opportunity to design the t-shirt that will be given out to State Contest participants. 
Designs Due: April 2
More Details

Button Design Contest
Students design the button that will be traded at the National Contest with participants from around the country and world.
Designs Due: April 2
More Details

CU Denver Scholarship
In cooperation with the University of Colorado Denver, National History Day in Colorado is pleased to offer an opportunity for all NHDC Juniors to apply for a one-time scholarship of $1,500 to CU Denver. This opportunity is available to anyone who has ever participated in History Day.
Applications Due: April 2
More Details
Students are encouraged to consider one of our many State Contest special awards, sponsored by our wonderful cultural partners. View our entire list of cultural partners for research and resource ideas on our WEBSITE.
  • Molly Brown Legacy Award – Sponsored by the Molly Brown House
  • Best Use of Geography – Sponsored by the Colorado Geographic Alliance
  • Best Use of Primary Sources in a Paper – Sponsored by the Department of History, University of Colorado Denver
  • Best Group Project on Colorado History – Sponsored by Governor John Hickenlooper's office        
  • Best Entry on Chicano History – Sponsored by History Colorado
  • Best Project on a Telecommunications Topic – Sponsored by Telecommunications History Group
  • Best Project on a Topic Related to William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody – Sponsored by the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
  • Best Project on Transportation History – Sponsored by Forney Museum of Transportation
  • Best Project on Western History – Sponsored by Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University
  • Best Senior Paper on Colorado History – Sponsored by the Denver Westerners Posse
  • Best Use of Library of Congress Materials – Sponsored by Teaching with Primary Sources Colorado
  • Most Creative Exhibit – Sponsored by the Optimist Club of South Monaco
  • Best Essay on Western History – Sponsored by the Center of the American West at CU Boulder
  • Best Project related to Suffrage  – Sponsored by the League of Women Voters
  • Best Use of Primary Sources on a Colorado Topic – Sponsored by the Colorado State Archives
  • Colorado Experience Best in Show Documentary – Sponsored by Rocky Mountain PBS- Colorado Experience
  • Governor’s Residence Award – Sponsored by Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund
  • Best Project on Veterans' History Sponsored by the Honor Bell Foundation
  • Performance that exemplifies the American's Creed – Sponsored by Frances Wisebart Jacob DAR
for the 2018 STATE CONTEST

MAY 5, 2018


for the 5th Annual NHDC Fundraising Event


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