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HAPPY NEW YEAR from NHDC!

We are gearing up for an amazing 2018 Contest Season!
Team Colorado at the 2018 National Contest.
NEED HELP WITH HISTORY DAY IN YOUR CLASSROOM? Contact our Digital Intern!
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 samantha.register@ucdenver.edu 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.
TEACHER FEATURE:
Frank Cordova
Our featured teacher, Frank Cordova, teaches social studies for 6th through 9th grades at Sangre de Cristo in Mosca, Colorado. Mr. Cordova has been implementing History Day in his classroom for nineteen years! He has not only seen overall improvement in skills in his own classroom, but also in test scores. He says that many of his students go on to continue creating projects and participating after leaving his class.

Cordova says that he believes in History Day as it is "a great way to introduce and refine many aspects of a strong student... from research to writing, citing sources to analyzing information." Cordova affirms that his biggest takeaway from his many years using the program is to watch students develop and produce projects they are proud of. Some of his favorite memories come from watching the looks on his students' faces when they find out they are State Qualifiers. He says that seeing students "be successful and reach their potential through history has been very rewarding!"

Thanks you Mr. Cordova for your many years of dedication. You are truly what makes History Day great!
FEATURED STUDENT: Seanna Mackey
This month's featured student is 8th grader Seanna Mackey. Mackey is a student of Mr. Cordova at Sangre de Cristo, and qualified for the State Contest last year in her first year as a History Day participant. This year, she is working on a performance.

Mackey feels that History Day is a great opportunity for students to become genuinely interested in and connected to history. She experienced this first hand last year, as her project was on her great grandmother and allowed her not just to connect to larger historical events, but also her family's personal history. 

Mackey says that her favorite memory from last year was her interview at the Regional Competition. She says, "I loved that they had so many questions and showed that they were really interested. It was a great way for me to shine and show my passion about my project." She does offer a piece of advice for other students, however, as she says that it is important to choose a topic you truly care about and are interested in, otherwise the lack of interest shows through in projects.

We cannot wait to see Mackey's performance this year! Good luck!
HISTORICAL TIP OF THE MONTH

Use active voice in your historical writing, for example, "Van Gogh painted Starry Night." Avoid passive voice, for example, "Starry Night was painted by Van Gogh." When writing, it is important that you are clear and concise about who is performing the action of your sentence, and that the subject of your sentence comes before the verb.
STATE CONTEST SPECIAL AWARDS
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
NEED EXHIBIT BOARDS?
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: https://boxmaninc.com. Purchase orders can be sent to chrisb@boxmaninc.com or faxed to 651-642-0027.
2018 THEME: CONFLICT & COMPROMISE
SAVE THE DATE
for the 2018 STATE CONTEST

MAY 5, 2018

at the UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER
BOULDER VALLEY NHDC STUDENTS FEATURED IN BOULDER DAILY CAMERA
Read the feature HERE!
REGISTER FOR THE ELEMENTARY POSTER CONTEST!

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. 
 
MORE INFORMATION
Register your Class HERE

Register by March 30
CALLING ALL JUDGES!

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
REGISTER

Aurora Contest
March 17
Anschutz Medical Campus
REGISTER

Denver Regional Contest
April 7
History Colorado/Denver Art Museum
REGISTER

STATE CONTEST
MAY 5
University of Colorado Denver 
REGISTER

Dates for in-person judge trainings are TBD. You can always view the ONLINE TRAINING and take the ONLINE QUIZ.
STATE CONTEST STUDENT CHALLENGES

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
REGISTER


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
REGISTER


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
REGISTER
GRADUATE AND CONTINUING & PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION CLASS
FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING!
 
Teachers who attended a Fall 2017 NHDC Teacher Training are eligible to earn three hours of graduate or continuing & professional education credit through CU Denver. The deadline to register online has passed, and the FINAL DEADLINE is January 24.
 
Contact kayla.gabehart@ucdenver.edu
if you are interested
Want to create a winning project? Attend one of our research events!
STUDENT RESEARCH & SUPPORT EVENTS
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR RESEARCH RENDEZVOUS!
 
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.
Denver Research Rendezvous
January 21 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm
Denver Public Library, Central Branch
REGISTER
 
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
REGISTER
 
The Makers Workshop event gives students participating in the Exhibit and Performance categories the opportunity to get advice from the professional design creators at History Colorado. Please note this event is ONLY for exhibit and performance contestants. Participants must also be prepared to either layout or construct their exhibit or performance set. This is NOT a thesis or research workshop. Some materials will be provided, but please bring anything you plan on using for your exhibit or set.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PARTNER: Colorado Student Leaders Institute
DEADLINE APPROACHING: JANUARY 31!

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.
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