Welcome to the Region 4 - Youngstown State University Regional Contest

Important Dates & Times

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Welcome to Region 4 Ohio History Day!

 

Region 4 Competition: Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Youngstown State University

State Competition: Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Ohio Wesleyan University

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The theme for 2019-2020 is BREAKING BARRIERS. Follow the link for tips and useful resources from National History Day!

 

What is Ohio History Day?

 

Ohio History Day is a year-long research program for social studies students in grades 6 through 12. Students choose an historical event, person, trend, or idea to support a thesis related to the official theme. Students exhibit their work and compete at the school, regional, and state levels with an opportunity to advance to the national competition. The program encourages authentic, student-driven historical research focused on identifying and using primary and secondary sources to creatively present a student’s own vision of history.

Since 1975, about 300 students per year have been welcomed to Youngstown State University on one weekend each April for the annual Region 4 Ohio History Day competition. Students from Ashtabula, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage, and Trumbull Counties participate by writing papers or creating exhibits, websites, performances, or documentaries based on the year’s theme.

 

For more info about Ohio History Day 2019, download the PowerPoint below:

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Question or comments? Contact Us!

Dr. David Simonelli, Region 4 Coordinator
Youngstown State University
Department of History, DeBartolo Hall, Office 533
dsimonelli@ysu.edu
330-941-1601
 
Kayla Metzger, Region 4 Local History AmeriCorps Rep
Youngstown State University
Department of History, DeBartolo Hall, Room 529
klmetzger.americorps@gmail.com
330-941-3459
 
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Student Registration

 

  • REGISTRATION OPENS: Monday, December 2, 2019
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 13, 2020
  • PAPERS, DOCUMENTARIES, & WEBSITES DUE: Friday, March 20, 2020
  • WEBSITE LOCKDOWN: Friday, March 20, 2020
  • FEE: $5/student

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Hello Region 4 Students! We are so excited to welcome you to the Ohio History Day competition. We wish you luck with your research, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Please visit the General/Home Page for basic info about the OHD Region 4 Competition and our contact information. Jump to Registration FAQs for answers to your questions, Important Resources to help you out, or PowerPoint presentations for additional lessons.

 

Your social studies teacher and your school must already be registered for you to complete your registration.
 

Click to download the 2019 student registration guide. Before you begin your registration, you should have:

  1. Your contact information
  2. Contact information for a parent or guardian
  3. Information about your project (title, a short description, and the category) 

 

Registration FAQs

  1. Where can teachers and students register for the Region 4 Ohio History Day competition?

    • Teachers, students, and parents of students who are registering as independents (i.e. not through a school) can register here on our website.

  2. Why do teachers or parents have to register first?

    • Students are required to select a school and teacher while registering, which is why the teacher must have an account first. If a student is registering as an independent, a parent must register first.

  3. Do students have to create an account as soon as registration opens?

    • Nope! Students have until Friday, March 13, 2020 to register.

  4. What if I'm a homeschooled or online student and want to participate?

    • We welcome everyone! The only requirement is that you have a teacher or parent register first. If you are homeschooled, ask your parent to create an account and add your school as “[Last Name] Homeschool” (e.g. Smith Homeschool).

  5. Can students outside of Region 4 participate in the YSU competition?

    • Students must participate in the region that they go to school in (if they are registering with a school) or that they live in (if they are registering as an independent). Students that do not live or go to school in Region 4 MAY NOT participate in the YSU contest.

  6. The student registration requires a project title, category, and description. What if I'm still working on these?

    • Students have until Friday, March 13, 2020 to register, but don't wait until the last minute to sign up!

  7. How do students register a group project?

    • All students in a group project must register individually. The first student to register in a group project will receive a team key. They should share this with their teammates, who will select "Link/Join Existing Team Project" and type in the team key when registering.

  8. How do I submit a paper, documentary, or website?

    • Formatting and submission guidelines for papers and documentaries can be found on the Ohio History Day contest information page. For websites, you will add your Weebly Website ID after selecting Group or Individual Website as the category when registering. You can also download a copy of the submission guidelines. Annotated bibliographies should be attached to the ends of papers and submitted as a single PDF.

  9. My school isn't covering registration fees. How do I pay my fee?

    • You can pay by cash or check up to and including the day of the contest. Checks can be made out to YSU History Day and mailed to:
         Attn: David Simonelli
         Department of History, DeBartolo Hall
         Youngstown State University
         One University Plaza
         Youngstown, OH 44555

 

Important Resources

Theme Narrative

  • Dig deeper into this year's theme! Breaking Barriers in History requires you to view history through multiple perspectives. Are all barriers negative? Why are barriers built in the first place? How did people break or hurdle natural barriers? Can ideas be barriers? How can legislation create or break barriers? Throughout this academic year you will ask yourself these questions and more, always looking for how and why.

 

NHD Contest Rule Book (English/Spanish)

  • Provides program overviews, and rules about every category and project. How tall can your exhibit be? How many words are required in your process paper? The answers are all in the NHD Contest Rule Book! A brief overview is available on the Contest Rules page.

 

Region 4 Resources

 

Ohio History Topics

  • Interested in local history? Does your community have a story to tell? This list provides some local history topics. You are always welcome to explore more of your community's history. Remember, local museums, libraries, and historical societies also provide great primary and secondary sources!

 

Mahoning & Trumbull Local History Topics

  • Check out the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County's list of Mahoning and Trumbull Counties facts and trivia!

 

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PowerPoints to help with your research (click to download):

 

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Teacher Registration

 

  • REGISTRATION OPENS: Monday, December 2, 2019
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 13, 2020
  • PAPERS, DOCUMENTARIES, & WEBSITES DUE: Friday, March 20, 2020
  • WEBSITE LOCKDOWN: Friday, March 20, 2020
  • FEE: $5/student

 

Welcome, Ohio History Day Teachers! Youngstown State University has hosted the Region 4 competition for 45 years, and we are thrilled to welcome students from Ashtabula, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage, and Trumbull Counties for another competition year.

 

Please remember you must be registered before any of your students can register. Click to download the 2019 teacher/parent registration guide. If your school is not listed during registration, please finish registering, add the school under "Create Account", and add the school to your profile. You can monitor your students’ registration once you have registered.

 

Registration FAQs 

  1. Where can teachers and students register for the Region 4 Ohio History Day competition?

    • Teachers, students, and parents of students who are registering as independents (i.e. not through a school) can register here on our website.

  2. Why do teachers or parents have to register first?

    • Students are required to select a school and teacher while registering, which is why the teacher must have an account first. If a student is registering as an independent, a parent must register first.

  3. What if my school isn’t listed?

    • The list of schools is preloaded from a government database and often doesn’t include private schools. If your school is not listed, you will need to add it before or after registering as a teacher or parent by selecting “Create Account” > “School” > “Register New School.” Complete the form and click “Save.”

    • If you already registered as a teacher or parent, go to your profile and select your newly added school under the “Teacher” tab. Click “Save.”

  4. Do students have to create an account as soon as registration opens?

    • Nope! Students have until Friday, March 13, 2020 to register.

  5. Can students from my school outside of my classroom register?

    • Yes! The only requirement is that they be linked to a teacher from their school. Tell them to select your name when registering.

  6. Is there a requirement for the number of students who participate?

    • Nope! Teachers can have a single student, a handful of students, or a whole class register. The only requirement is that a teacher be registered so the student(s) can link their project to their teacher/school.

  7. Can teachers and students outside of Region 4 participate in the YSU competition?

    • Students must participate in the region that they go to school in (if they are registering with a school) or that they live in (if they are registering as an independent). Students that do not live or go to school in Region 4 MAY NOT participate in the YSU contest.

  8. The student registration requires a project title, category, and description. What if they are still working on these?

    • Students have until Friday, March 13, 2020 to register, but don't wait until the last minute to sign up!

  9. How do students register a group project?

    • All students in a group project must register individually. The first student to register in a group project will receive a team key. They should share this with their teammates, who will select "Link/Join Existing Team Project" and type in the team key when registering.

  10. How do I pay the registration fee?

    • Teachers and/or parents can pay by cash or check up to and including the day of the contest. Checks can be made out to YSU History Day and mailed to:
         Attn: David Simonelli
         Department of History, DeBartolo Hall
         Youngstown State University
         One University Plaza
         Youngstown, OH 44555

 

Please refer to the Contest Rules page for the National History Day Rule Book and a brief overview of category requirements. Additional useful documents:

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Useful links:

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions! Our contact information is on the General/Home Page.

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Judge Registration

 

Welcome, OHD Region 4 Judges! Thank you for volunteering your time to judge Region 4's competition on Saturday, April 4, 2020. You can download a contest day guide that includes a map and information on where to park, meet, etc. or check out the day's schedule by going to Contest > Contest Information > Day of Contest.

 

To register, select "Judge" under "Create Account" in the top navigation barOHD Judges are crucial to competition day. They greet and get to know every student competitor. You do NOT have to be an "expert" historian to be an Ohio History Day Judge. However, if you love history and would like to inspire future historians, then you are in the right place!

 

A good history day judge also:

  • Likes talking to kids
  • Asks open-ended questions
  • Gives constructive feedback
  • Remains objective while assessing subject matter
  • Works in teams to find consensus

 

On Competition Day:

 

Please note that all judges must arrive by 8am for orientation and remain until evaluation sheets have been completed (by 1pm). 

 

Judges receive training during the 8am orientation from Region 4 or Ohio History Connection staff, so please arrive promptly. We will go over rules and evaluation procedures during this training session. You will be placed into teams and various project categories. YSU OHD staff will provide lunch. 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us for questions. You can find our contact information on the General/Home page.

 

 

 

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