State Contest Details

1. General Information

EVENT LOCATIONS

The Florida History Day state contest will be held on Monday, May 8, at Tallahassee Community College (TCC). Student registration on May 7 will extend from 3:00 to 8:30 p.m. and on May 8 from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. The Museum of Florida History will host an Open House on Monday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum on May 9 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

MAP

A map of the competition sites and parking at TCC and an area map of Tallahassee are available:

CONTEST SITES AT TCC

County coordinators should arrange for teachers or chaperones to be present in each competition area to supervise and support the students in their delegation.

Staff and judges' headquarters

SU Student Union Ballroom (Bldg. 35)

Student registration and lounge, exhibitors, and merchandise sales

SU Student Union Food Court (Bldg. 35)

Paper judging

LB Library (Bldg. 30) — junior and senior divisions

Exhibit judging

LSC Lifetime Sports Complex (Bldg. 15) — junior and senior divisions

Performance judging

HSS Humanities and Social Sciences (Bldg. 39) — junior division
CWD Center for Workforce Development (Bldg. 38) — senior division

Documentary judging

EN English (Bldg. 1) — junior division
SM Science and Math (Bldg. 18) — senior division

Website judging

CH Communications and Humanities (Bldg. 5) — junior and senior divisions
MLH Moore Lecture Hall (Bldg. 4) — junior division
SM Science and Math (Bldg. 18) — senior division

Runoff judging (performances and documentaries)

Judges do not meet with students for exhibit, website, or paper runoffs.
HSS Junior and Senior Performance — individual and group
EN Junior and Senior Documentary — individual and group

Performance prop storage

HSS Room 107 — junior division
CWD Room 112 — senior division

Equipment drop off and pick up

See the competition sites map for drop off and pick up areas on Sunday 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

YOUR ASSISTANCE PLEASE

Students are asked to exhibit their best behavior while at Tallahassee Community College. We understand that everyone will be "keyed up," but please respect the fact that TCC staff and students have business to conduct without being distracted by noisy or rambunctious youth.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be held in the Student Union Food Court at the following times:

  • Sunday, May 7: 3:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 8: 7:45 to 8:45 a.m.

Registration will be conducted by category (paper, exhibit, documentary, website, performance). Students report to the appropriate category table to pick up their registration card, which lists their judging time and location.

JUDGING TIMES

Judging of exhibits, websites, and historical papers will begin at 10:00 a.m., with judges interviewing students at ten-minute intervals. Exhibit judges read process papers from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Paper and website judges receive and review their entries in advance of the contest.

Judging in the documentary and performance categories will begin at 9:20 a.m. Each entry will be allowed 20 minutes to set up, present, and disassemble. Judges will read process papers during the five-minute set-up period and interview students during the five-minute disassembly.

EXHIBIT SET-UP

Exhibits may be set up from 3:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday and 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. on Monday. Students are responsible for assembling their exhibit entirely, including using power tools. Parents and teachers MAY NOT assist the assembly process, although they may provide reasonable help carrying the exhibit and lifting it onto the display table. Individuals who violate this rule will be asked to leave the exhibit area. Students who require electricity must supply their own power cord.

PROCESS PAPERS

Students in every category except historical papers and websites should arrive with four copies of a process paper with a title page and an annotated bibliography. Students in the exhibit category retain one copy and ensure that three copies are in front of their exhibit by 9:00 a.m. on Monday. Students in first-round performance and documentary judging bring four copies to their presentation. Judges will retain one copy and return three, which students bring to runoff presentations.

MEDIA EQUIPMENT

Documentary classrooms at TCC are equipped with a computer with a DVD drive, monitor, and screen. Students must have their documentaries on either a DVD with a finalized DVD format or on a USB in a common video format. Students should test their documentary on multiple devices to insure compatibility before coming to the state contest. Florida History Day cannot guarantee compatibility between software used to create DVDs and software available on TCC equipment. Documentary rooms will be open by 8:30 a.m. on Monday if students wish to test the equipment. Optionally, students may show their documentary on a personal computer.

ENTRY REPRESENTATION

At least one member of a group entry and the creator of any individual entry must be present to meet with the judges. A student who has not been part of an entry's research and development may not be substituted at the last minute for an individual who is unable to attend.

RUNOFFS

Entries in the performance and documentary categories that advance to runoffs will be announced in the Student Union at approximately 2:00 p.m. Presentations will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. Runoffs in the exhibit, website, and historical paper categories will not be posted. Judges do not interview students again during the runoff phase in any category.

SPECIAL NEEDS

Please contact the Florida History Day Coordinator one week before the state contest if a participant will require special assistance or access: 850.245.6326 or trampas.alderman@dos.myflorida.com.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR EQUIPMENT

Florida History Day and Tallahassee Community College are not responsible for participant equipment, regardless of the value. We advise students not to leave valuable equipment or personal effects unattended.

PUBLIC VIEWING

The Lifetime Sports Complex will be open to the public for viewing of exhibits, websites, and historical papers from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Exhibits MAY NOT be removed before 4:30 p.m., and all exhibits must be removed by 6:00 p.m. Exhibits remaining after 6:00 p.m. will be discarded.

DINING OPTIONS

The Food Court in the TCC Student Union will be open on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., providing participants with on-site alternatives for lunch and snacks. Numerous restaurants and fast-food places are located within a mile or two of TCC. Tennessee Street between Ocala Road and FSU also offers a wide selection of eateries. In addition, three main highway corridors—North Monroe Street, Apalachee Parkway, and Thomasville Road—are within easy driving distance and offer a variety of restaurants and leisure activities. For specific options, consult a Tallahassee/Leon County visitor guide, available at the information table in the Student Union, or look online at http://www.visittallahassee.com.

GATHERING SPOTS AT TCC

Students are asked to congregate in the Student Union before and after their interview. They may wait outside or in the lobby of their presentation building ten minutes before their interview.

HISTORY DAY TEE-SHIRTS/SOUVENIRS

Florida History Day tee-shirts will be on sale in the Student Union Food Court during registration on Sunday and throughout the day on Monday. The cost is $15 for all sizes. Please be prepared to pay with cash or by check because credit card sales will not be available. Any remaining tee-shirts will be on sale on Tuesday before and after the Awards Ceremony. The Museum of Florida History retail shop also will have souvenirs, books, and other items on sale in the Student Union.

2. Museum Open House

The Museum of Florida History (MFH) will host an Open House for students, teachers, and family members on Monday, May 8, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The state history museum, MFH interprets Florida history from prehistoric to modern times. Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided. The Museum is located in the R. A. Gray Building, 500 South Bronough Street (32301), approximately five miles east of Tallahassee Community College. Free parking is available in a garage immediately south of the Gray Building. Admission is free of charge.

3. Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 9, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. Students who cannot be present should designate someone to accept their award in case they win. The Tallahassee Automobile Museum is located at 6800 Mahan Drive (32308), near the intersection of Mahan (Highway 90) and I-10. Abundant free parking is located at the site, but allow extra time for parking and walking to the ballroom. Following the Awards Ceremony, FHD participants are invited to explore the museum, which features an eclectic array of collections and exhibits. A discounted entry fee of $5 (usually $13.50) is offered. Guests must purchase an admission ticket before the Awards Ceremony.

4. National Contest Participants

Immediately following the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, first- and second-place winners will meet with the state coordinator to receive information about the National History Day (NHD) competition.

County coordinators will go to a designated area to pick up students' judging sheets and certificates. Coordinators who cannot attend must designate a representative to pick up the packets and inform the state coordinator by May 1. Packets will only be given to a coordinator or designated representative. Unclaimed materials will be mailed to county coordinators, who must distribute them to students in a timely manner.

5. Fun Things to Do

There are many things to do while visiting Tallahassee. Here is a brief list. For a map and additional details about these sites and more, go to http://bit.ly/FHDFun.

Museums and other cultural sites: (Asterisk indicates that the site is open on Sunday afternoon.)
Other attractions:
  • *AMC Movies at Tallahassee Mall
  • *Capital Lanes Bowling
  • *Fun Station
  • *Governor's Square Mall
  • *Regal Cinema at Governor's Square
  • *The Centre of Tallahassee (formerly Tallahassee Mall)
  • *Tom Brown Park Disc Golf