Welcome to the Regional History Day Contest for MO-District 9!

Important Dates & Times

Friday March 11, 2022 at 2:00 PM


Welcome to the Southeast Missouri History Day official site!

  • The 2022 regional History Day contest is planned for February 19-March 11, 2022.
  • All participants must be registered by February 18, 2022. 
  • Students competing with websites, documentaries, and papers must submit their project online before registration closes on February 18, 2022. 

  • Students with exhibits and performances will bring their projects to campus on March 11 for the in-person part of the contest. 

  • This will be at the University Center (388 Henderson Ave, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701)

  • Check-in begins at 7:45am, and judging begins at 9am. Teachers should check in at the front desk on the 3rd floor of the UC, which is ground level by the front doors. Judging will be done by noon.

  • The Awards Ceremony starts at 2pm in Academic Hall auditorium. Participants are welcome to stay for the ceremony, or watch the livestream on our Facebook page (SoutheastHistoryDay@Facebook.com)

  • The theme this year is Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, and Consequences. See the theme book for the guidelines, follow specs outlined in the Rule Book, and see NHD resources for teachers and students.
  • Teachers, be sure to register here on our official site! Steps outlined below. 


This just in - the 2023 History Day theme is Frontiers in History: People, Places and Ideas

Southeast History Day Parking Pass


Southeast History Day Participant Registration Guide

Follow these steps to register for the History Day contest:

  • Login or click “Create Account.”
  • Teachers will create their registration accounts first. Once they have done so, their students will create their student accounts and add their entry information.
  • Please accept emails from zfairs.com in order to receive the system’s automatic and/or admin-generated email messages.


Teachers Registration: Must re-register each year

    • If this is the teacher’s first contest of the contest season they will follow the instructions below to create their account.
    • Under the Create Account heading, teachers will enter their name and email address and click the “Create Account” button to begin registration.
    • When asked for registrant type (student, teacher, judge, volunteer, staff), teachers will select “Teacher”.
    • Teachers will then complete personal contact information: address, city, zip, phone number, gender, and will create a password.
    • Teachers will then be prompted to answer additional questions and choose their school from a list. To easily find a school, teachers can use the search command by typing “ctrl” and “F” on a PC or “command” and “F” on a Mac.
    • Teachers will also indicate if they are attending the contest.
    • Teachers will then agree to NHD permissions and waivers.
    • Click “Save and Continue” button.


  • Viewing Student Information - A teacher’s student will only appear once the student has created their account.
    • When logged in, teachers will click on the “My Students” tab on the top of the page. This will take them to a list of the students who are linked to them in the system.
    • By clicking on the student, teachers can choose to view and edit information, or to link/unlink the student to an entry.


  • Registration and Entry Creation
    • Once the teacher has created their account, students will click on the link provided by the coordinator, which will take them to the homepage of the contest.
    • Under the Create Account heading, students will enter their name and email address and click the “Create Account” button to begin registration.
    • When asked for registrant type (student, teacher, judge, volunteer, staff), students will select “Student.”
    • Students will then complete personal contact information and create a password.
    • Click “Save and Continue” button.
    • This will take students to the page where they will enter information about their entry. Students will either create an entry, or link to a group project that their teammate has already created.


To add more members for group project:

      • The first student in a group will create the entry during the registration process. Once that student is registered they will give their fellow group members the “team key.” Note: The team key will appear on the student’s registration confirmation page. The team key can also be found within the student’s profile.
      • The following group member(s) will begin a student account and will enter the “team key” for their entry. This will bring up the title and description for their entry that was filled out by the group member who created the entry.
      • Students are then prompted to enter school, teacher, and grade information.
      • They will click “next” and then be required to answer further questions.
      • Once information is confirmed, students will be taken to a page where they, along with their parents/guardians, will agree to NHD permissions and waivers.

See the History Day contest results here: HD21 Regional Contest Results.pdf

See livestream of awards ceremony on the Southeast History Day Facebook page here: https://fb.me/e/osa2SIpi3


National History Day has compiled resources for your History Day project. They can be found here: https://www.nhd.org/student-resources

For local or regional topics, check out:

State Historical Society of Missouri - Historic Missourians

Missouri Encyclopedia

Southeast History Day on Facebook - features regional history topics blog relating to annual theme

Library of Congress Online Resources  

Checklists for each project type:

HD Documentary_Chklst.pdf





Video resources from NHD 

How to Use Google Books  

Smart Searching  

Smart Searching the Library of Congress  


Printable/downloadable checklists for student use:






choosing your topic worksheet.pdf

researching your topic worksheet.pdf

research strategy worksheet.pdf

choosing good images worksheet.pdf

Glogster - a site for creating virtual exhibits

New resources from NHD as of 10-1-20

Posted on: https://www.nhd.org/themebook

·         2021 NHD Theme Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=278B5ET8Npg&feature=emb_logo

·         2021 Theme Graphic Organizer Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-7K_CnPsoQ&feature=emb_logo


Teacher Resources: (above videos plus) https://www.nhd.org/teacher-resources (Click “Help, I’m a New NHD Teacher” Videos)

·         Part 1: Getting Started - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9adWpWVcQO0&feature=emb_logo

·         Part 2: Theme  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y2vJtQCf8o&feature=emb_logo

Judging virtual projects - documentaries, websites, and papers - will take place in teams between Feb. 18-March 9. Judging for History Day is a rewarding experience. By volunteering your time, you are creating an opportunity for thousands of students to showcase their efforts. In a virtual contest, many of the expectations of judging are the same as in-person. 

  • Virtual Judging is a 5-8 hour commitment, over the course of approximately 14 days.
  • Judging exhibits and performances will take place on Friday, March 11 at the UC from 8-11am.


No matter your category, as a judge, you will:

  • Attend a judge orientation video and review training materials.
  • Work with a judge team to review and rank projects.
  • Select the strongest projects to advance to the Missouri Virtual State History Day contest.


There was a live HD judge training on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 12:15-12:45 in Carnahan 112 provided by Dr. Kisat. You may email her for the training materials (ckisat@semo.edu)

The recording from our judge training session will be posted as soon as it is processed.



Evaluating Projects

Once you receive your team and assignment, select the correct checklists by cateogry below. Refer to these guidelines when assessing your projects.

See Contest Rule book: NHD Rule Book and other forms below before you begin evaluating projects.

Use these ediatble Word docs for evaluation and ranking purposes. They will not be returned to teachers, but submitted to your team captain. Evaluation forms - editable_1.docx

At the end of the day, each project receives back just one evaluation form with three constructive comments in the z-fairs portal.  Team captains are responsible for managing evaluations, ranks, and comments.


FeedbackWe expect projects to receive constructive feedback comments, both to help students who are advancing to state and for those returning next year. Think of judging History Day projects like grading projects, and shoot for the "feedback sandwich" - a positive comment, an area needing work, and another positive or neutral comment. 

Further Expectations of History Day judges: 

As a judge, you are responsible to: 

  • Let us know as soon as possible if your schedule changes and you are unable to judge.
  • Pay careful attention so you can evaluate well. Students have worked for months on their projects and are looking forward to this opportunity to share their work.
  • Alert History Day staff to any conflicts of interest, including students you know personally or schools with which you have close relationships.
  • Set aside personal bias for or against topics. Judge each project based on the merits of the information that the student presents.
  • Let the History Day staff know right away if there are problems. We are here to help! 


We appreciate your time and will do our best to make this experience rewarding for everyone involved!

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