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CHECK LIST FOR EACH HOTRHF FAIR CATEGORY
QUICK OVERVIEW OF REQUIREMENTS

HISTORICAL PAPER CHECKLIST
•Individual only
•Make sure ALL rules in Section III, Rules for all Categories and Section IV, Specific Rules for Historical Papers have been followed
•1,500 2,500 words, excluding notes, annotated bibliography, and title page
•Title page with only the required information
•Annotated bibliography, separated into primary and secondary sources
•Historical Paper should address the current NHD theme
•Citations footnotes, endnotes or internal documentation
•4 copies (plus an extra one for you)
•Organization shows clear focus and progression
•On-line registration completed and SAVED, then mail or drop off at HOTRHF office entry fee, plus 4 print copies of papers by deadline date
•Check-in registration at the Fair MUST be completed by each individual student for himself or herself or the project is subject to forfeit all awards

EXHIBIT CHECKLIST
•No larger than 40 inches wide, 30 inches deep, and 6 feet high (includes any stand or table drapes you create
•Individual and Group (2-5 Students)
•Make sure ALL rules in Section III, Rules for all Categories and Section IV, Specific Rules for Exhibits have been followed
•4 copies (plus one for you) of the following written materials stapled together on the top left corner:
- Title page with only the required information; title, name, division, category,& exhibit board word count
- Process paper - 500-word description of the research methods used
- Annotated bibliography, separated into primary and secondary sources
(Judging team may retain one copy for review) Copies will be placed on the table area in front of the exhibit
•Exhibit addresses the theme
•Labels, captions, and titles include no more than 500 words
•Has visual impact and shows interpretation
•Prepare to answer judges' questions at the contest (Remember that a formal narrative is not an appropriate response to a question)
•On-line registration completed and SAVED, then mail or drop off at HOTRHF office entry fee by deadline date (judging of exhibits takes place at the fair February Thursday and Friday see schedule)
•Be sure your observe Exhibit Rule 4 - HOTRHF REGIONAL RULE: ALL Junior Exhibits MUST be brought to the Bill Daniel Student Center/Barfield Room and set up on THURSDAY afternoon, February 20. Junior Exhibits ONLY have a Preliminary judging round, WITHOUT the students present, on Thursday evening. Students check in between 3:00 & 5:30 on Thursday afternoon. Set up their exhibits, lay out their four copies of their Process Paper & Bibliography, and LEAVE until Friday. FINAL JUDGING is held for all Exhibits on Friday according to the regional history fair schedule.
•Check-in registration at the Fair MUST be completed by each individual student for himself or herself or the project is subject to forfeit all awards. Posted registration times should be observed on both Thursday and Friday. Bring your exhibits with you for set-up

PERFORMANCE CHECKLIST
•Individual and Group (2-5 students)
•Make sure all rules in Section III, Rules for all Categories and Section IV, Specific Rules for Performance have been followed
•10 minute maximum for performance
•Maximum 5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to take down
•4 copies (plus one for you) of the following written materials stapled together on the top left corner:
- Title page with only the required information
- Process paper - 500-word description of the research methods used
- Annotated bibliography, separated into primary and secondary sources
(Judging team may retain one copy for review.)
•Performance addresses the theme
•All props and equipment are student-supplied
•Only student entrants run equipment and are involved in the performance
•Extra supplies and materials in case of emergency
•Prepare to answer judges' questions at the contest. (Remember that a formal narrative is not an appropriate response to questions.)
•Be present at your assigned room 30 minutes prior to your assigned performance schedule. EXCEPTION - The first two performances on the day's schedule should be at least 20 minutes early. If there are cancellations due to no-shows the judges may move the performance schedule forward and ask all following performances to present early
•Be prepared to present your performance on Friday at your scheduled time unless notified you are scheduled to present on Thursday evening
•On-line registration completed and SAVED, then mail or drop off at HOTRHF office entry fee by deadline date
•Check-in registration at the Fair MUST be completed by each individual student for himself or herself or the project is subject to forfeit all awards. Posted registration times should be observed on both Thursday and Friday. Bring your props with you for your scheduled presentation time ONLY

DOCUMENTARY CHECKLIST
•Individual and Group (2-5 students)
•Make sure ALL rules in Section III, Rules for all Categories and Section IV, Specific Rules for Documentaries
have been followed
•10-minute maximum for presentation
•Maximum 5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to take down
•4 copies (plus on for you) of the following written materials stapled together on the top left corner:
- Title page with only the required information
- Process paper 500-word description of the research methods used
- Annotated bibliography, separated into primary and secondary sources
(Judging team may retain one copy for review)
•Documentary addresses the theme
•Live student involvement limited to giving names(s) and title and to operation of equipment
•Extra supplies and materials in case of emergency (See Technical Equipment Difficulties Note below)
•Prepared to answer judges' questions at the contest (Remember that a formal narrative is not an appropriate response to a question.)
•Be prepared to present your documentary on Friday at your scheduled time unless notified you are scheduled to present on Thursday evening
•Be present at your assigned room 30 minutes prior to your assigned documentary schedule. EXCEPTION - The first two documentaries on the day's schedule should be at least 20 minutes early. If there are cancellations due to no-shows the judges may move the documentary schedule forward and ask all following documentaries to present early
•On-line registration completed and SAVED, then mail or drop off at HOTRHF office entry fee by deadline date
•Check-in registration at the Fair MUST be completed by each individual student for himself or herself or the project is subject to forfeit all awards. Posted registration times should be observed on both Thursday and Friday. Bring your entries and equipment with you for your scheduled presentation date ONLY
TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT DIFFICULTIES FOR DOCUMENTARIES IMPORTANT NOTE: Screens and TVs will be available in all Documentary rooms, in addition to a VCR and DVD player. HOTRHF provided electrical DVD player equipment has been found to often be outdated or unable to display certain types of newer programs burned on DVDs and Copy DVDs. If a DVD is being used HOTRHF suggests the student bring their own DVD player if available. If the student does not have a personal or school DVD player they can bring, HOTRHF suggests a VHS tape be prepared as a backup in case there are technical problems with provided DVD player equipment and DVD compatibility.

WEB SITE CHECKLIST:
•Individual and/or Group (2-5 students)
•Make sure all rules in Section III, Rules for all Categories and Section IV, Specific Rules for Web Sites have been followed
•1,200 or less words, student composed words
•Home page includes names of participants, entry title, division, and a main menu
•All pages are interconnected with hypertext links
•Total 100MB of file space or less for all information contained in entry
•The content is stable and does not change when the refresh button is hit
•Annotated bibliography, separated into primary and secondary sources
•Process paper 500-word description of the research methods used
•Web site addresses the theme
•Required written materials are an integrated part of the web site
•Make SURE you HAVE NOT activated your "password protect" option
•On-line registration completed, including the 8-digit URL, and SAVED. Mail or drop off at HOTRHF office entry fee by deadline date
•Check-in registration at the fair MUST be completed by each individual student for herself or himself or the project is subject to forfeit all awards. Posted registration times should be observed on both Thursday and Friday.

ALL CATEGORIES:
PLEASE VIEW THE HOTRHF HANDBOOK OF RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR THE COMPLETE CATEGORY INFORMATION FOR YOUR SELECTED PROJECT.

BE SURE TO READ THE THEME. It will help you understand how to relate your project to the required National History Day theme.

Entry to HOTRHF is through your school. Your school is allowed to enter 3 projects for each category in the Junior Division and 3 projects for each category in the Senior Division. A teacher (or teachers) in your school will be your sponsor and coordinate with the HOTRHF. You cannot enter the HOTRHF as an individual student with a sponsor outside of your school when your school is already participating in the HOTRHF. You must have your school's permission and coordinate with them to adhere to the project entry limits per category for that school.

HOTRHF NOTE: This page is current and up to date for 2014.




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