Whether this is your first contest season or your last, there are always tips on how to get the most out of contest day. Regional Contests aren’t just about presenting your project. This is your chance to meet new friends, experience new things, and interact with others who are passionate about history. Below you can find information and tips on what to expect on contest day and what you can do to get the most out of it.
What to Expect
At each contest, students can:
- Purchase a Connecticut History Day T-Shirt
- Attend a living history or musical performance.
Some contests may have other opportunities available for students as well such as:
- Campus Tours at Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven contest), Sacred Heart University (Fairfield Contest), Central Connecticut State University (State Contest)
- Food Trucks, Dining Hall access, and food for sale
- Movie Screenings
- Performances by living history performers or musical groups
- Playing board games
- Four copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography for Exhibits, Performances, and Documentaries.
- Even though you have already submitted your website or paper, you may want to bring an extra copy of your paperwork for your own reference.
- Your props, costumes, and script if you are presenting a Performance.
- A copy of your documentary on a DVD, thumb drive, or laptop for Documentary students.
- You may want to bring extra materials-- like tape, scissors, etc.- to do any minor repairs on your exhibit.
Along with presenting your Exhibit, Performance, Documentary, Website or Paper, you also will go through an interview about your project. This is one of the things that students get most nervous about. Judges are excited to meet students and learn more about your research. Remember, you are not judged on your interview. Try to relax and enjoy sharing about your work!
Tips for Making the Most of Your Contest
On contest day, consider bringing the following with you:
- Lunch and/or snacks
- Cash, most contests have food or snacks available for purchase. Many have restaurants nearby.
- Cash to purchase a Connecticut History Day T-Shirt ($10-$12)
- A book, homework, a game, or playing cards
- -Your phone to take pictures throughout the day. Make sure to share them on social media by using the hashtag #CHD2019 and #CTHistoryDay!
- Be an audience member and view other student projects
- Attend the fun events happening during your contest
- Attend the Closing Ceremony at the end of the day
Contest day is all about what you make of it. So have fun and enjoy your time at Connecticut History Day!