Manatee History Day

Manatee History Day is the local affiliate of National History Day (NHD), a nationwide contest designed to interest students in history and encourage them to learn about history through primary research. Instead of reading about a historical person or event in a textbook, students are asked to do research in the documents or materials produced during that time period. Students use such things as newspapers, diaries, letters, photographs, government records, and oral history interviews to answer questions about the past. Then, they can choose how they will present their information. Papers, documentaries, exhibit boards, web sites and performances are the five kinds of entries that are accepted for competition. Through research and analysis of their information, students make the past come alive.

NEW as of 2/11/21! 

Competition Results + State Team Selection

 

Important Notes for Teachers & Parents:

  • Is your student's name spelled correctly below?  If not, please contact history.day@manateeclerk.com with the correct spelling by the end of the day on Friday, February 12th.
  • Awards and medals will be mailed out by Friday, February 19th.
  • State Team informational packets and instructions will be emailed to teachers by end of the day on Friday, February 12th.  Hard copies of informational packets will also be mailed out with student awards and medals.

Questions?  Please email history.day@manateeclerk.com.  

Read on for our competition results and State Team selection...

State Team Selection for Florida History Day (FHD)

  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor? By Angel Potter of Homeschool
  • The Greatest Invention in Communication by Coleton Cline of Palmetto Charter School
  • The Pony Express by Ava Guseman, Alexandra Ryherd, and Rylee Skillman of Palmetto Charter School

Category Awards

  • Junior Group Documentary
    • 1st place – Cold War Documentary by Connor Gionet, Ethan Hamm, and Tony Pacheco of Palmetto Charter School
  • Junior Group Exhibit
    • 1st place – The Pony Express by Ava Guseman, Alexandra Ryherd, and Rylee Skillman of Palmetto Charter School
    • 2nd place – Liquid Paper by Violet Johnson, Makenna Lee, and Ava Petzold of Palmetto Charter School
    • 3rd place – Homing Pigeons by Ellie Ameres, Lily Bosque, Amelia Hume, and Caitlyn Ryherd of Palmetto Charter School
  • Junior Individual Documentary
    • 1st place – The Letter by Adrian Solis of Palmetto Charter School
  • Junior Individual Exhibit
    • 1st place – The Greatest Invention in Communication by Coleton Cline of Palmetto Charter School
    • 2nd place – Cochlear Implant by Cylie Simmons by Palmetto Charter School
    • 3rd place – The History of AT&T by Brady Ballenger of Palmetto Charter School
  • Senior Paper
    • 1st place – Won’t You Be My Neighbor? By Angel Potter of Homeschool

Special Prize Awards

  • Best Use of Primary Sources Prize, Sponsored by Manatee Chapter of National Society of DAR
    • Won’t You Be My Neighbor? By Angel Potter of Homeschool
  • Medical History Prize, Sponsored by Women of Manatee County Republican Club
    • Cochlear Implant by Cylie Simmons by Palmetto Charter School
  • Visual Presentation Prize, Sponsored by Manatee Chapter of National Society of DAR
    • The Pony Express by Ava Guseman, Alexandra Ryherd, and Rylee Skillman of Palmetto Charter School

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For the health and safety of all staff, judges, parents, teachers, and students, we are continuously monitoring COVID-19.

This year's contest will be VIRTUAL.  ALL Student projects will be submitted virtually and judged virtually.

TEACHERS AND STUDENTS: For a complete list of virtual project submission guidelines please contact history.day@manateeclerk.com or call 941-749-7165.

TEACHERS AND STUDENTS: During this year's virtual contest we will be using a new contest management system called Zfairs.  Please email history.day@manateeclerk.com for instructions on how to register an account on Zfairs.

Manatee History Day is the local affiliate of the National History Day (NHD) program. Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Communication in History: The Key To Understanding. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time.

NHD Theme Information: Communication in History: The Key To Understanding

Use this link to gain a better understanding of this year's theme.

TEACHERS and STUDENTS: The 2021 Theme Book can be found here.

Excellent resource for teachers and students who wish to explore specific examples of analyzing historical documents and applying topics to the annual theme.

Local Contest InformationMHD 2020 Winners


December 7, 2020 - Teacher Account Registration Opens

Teachers may create a Teacher Account in Zfairs beginning on this date. 

Please note: Students will not be able to create a Student Account or upload their projects until their teacher has created a Teacher Account.

Teachers are responsible for choosing up to 10 entries per category for competition, but teachers are NOT responsible for registering their students for Student Accounts or for uploading student projects for virtual judging.

Teacher Account Registration instructions and Student Account Registration instructions are available by emailing history.day@manateeclerk.com.

If you have questions regarding virtual project submission guidelines, category rules, Teacher Accounts, Student Accounts, etc please reach out to the contest coordinator directly at history.day@manateeclerk.com or by calling 941-749-7165.

Please note: Middle School and High School students may participate as individuals or in groups of up to 5 students. They are also eligible to move up in the competition to the State and National levels. Fourth and fifth grade elementary school students may participate as part of a class project and are not eligible to advance past the local competition level. Unfortunately, we cannot accept individual and small group projects from elementary school competitors.

 

January 12, 2021 - Student Account Registration Opens

Please note: Students will not be able to create a Student Account until their teacher has completed Teacher Account Registration.

Students may create a Student Account in Zfairs beginning on this date. 

Once the Student Account is created, students may also begin uploading their completed projected to Zfairs.

If you have questions regarding virtual project submission guidelines, category rules, Teacher Accounts, Student Accounts, etc please reach out to the contest coordinator directly at history.day@manateeclerk.com or by calling 941-749-7165.

 

January 29, 2021 - Last Day For Students To Submit Projects

This is the LAST day students will be able to register for a Student Account on Zfairs.

This is the LAST day students will be able to upload their completed projects for the virtual contest.

Student Accounts must be created and completed projects uploaded no later than 11:59PM today.  THIS DEADLINE WILL NOT BE EXTENDED.

If you have questions regarding virtual project submission guidelines, category rules, Teacher Accounts, Student Accounts, etc please reach out to the contest coordinator directly at history.day@manateeclerk.com or by calling 941-749-7165.


February 3, 2021 through February 10, 2021 - Virtual Judging

Projects will be judged virtually during this window of time.


February 11, 2021 - All Contest Winners Announced and State Team Members Announced

Contest Winners: All contest winners will be announced at noon.  Teachers of winning students will receive an email.  Winners will also be posted to the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court website.  

State Team Members: All State Team members for Florida History Day will be announced at noon.  Teachers of State Team member students will receive an email.  State Team members will also be posted to the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court website.

Please Be Advised: Entries for State Team are selected from each category based on entry content, subject matter, and research conducted. Winning 1st or 2nd place does not guarantee selection to move on to the next level of competition.


February 16, 2021 through February 19, 2021 - Awards and Prizes

Please note: the Awards Ceremony is CANCELED for 2021.  

Public/Private/Charter School Students: All contest awards and prizes will be delivered to the front office of the winning student's school during this window of time.

Home School Students: All contest awards and prizes will be mailed to the address you provided at registration.


April 13, 2021 - Florida History Day Virtual Competition

Florida History Day is a virtual competition in 2021.  Virtual judging for FHD will begin on this day.

 

May 4, 2021 - Florida History Day Winners Announced

Florida History Day state competition winners will be announced on this day.


June 2021 - National History Day Virtual Competition

National History Day is a virtual competition in 2021.

 

If you would like to be added to our mailing list for National History Day/Manatee History Day program updates or if you have further questions, please contact us at history.day@manateeclerk.com.  

Contact Manatee History Day
Supervisor: Allyson O'Leary
Supervisor Title: Education Coordinator
Mailing Address
Attn: Manatee History Day
Manatee Village Historical Park
1404 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Physical Address
Email: allyson.oleary@manateeclerk.com