Important Dates & Times

Wednesday January 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Monday March 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Saturday March 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Saturday March 28, 2020 at 3:30 PM
Saturday March 28, 2020 at 8:30 AM
Saturday March 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM
  • The Student Union WILL NOT be open prior to 8:00 a.m. for parents or students.
  • All students with exhibits must provide their own extension cords and devices to move their exhibit from the parking lot to the Ballroom in the Student Union.
  • Students participating in performances must bring their own props (including desks, chairs, podium, electronic devices, projector, screen, etc...). UNLV will not supply any materials or technology.
  • All student entries for Historical Papers, Performances, Documentaries, and Websites must check in with a teacher from their school AT LEAST 30 minutes prior to their scheduled time.
  • The Green Room, next to the Philip Cohen Theater, will be open for students competing in the performance category to prepare for their performances.
  • Exhibits must be picked up no later than 2:00 p.m.
  • There was no Northern Nevada contest.  There may be a few students participating using the internet.  First Place winners from both the north and south will be eligible to attend the national contest in Maryland in June. If a First Place winner in Las Vegas decides not to attend the national contest, the second place winner will be given the opportunity to attend.  For the Senior Division, first and second place winners are eligible to attend the national contest as there were no Senior entries in the Northern Nevada contest.
  • Performances are the only category that allow guests to watch.
  • All judging decisions are final.


UNLV Important Information:


  • UNLV encourages students, judges, and guests to park in Lot D in front of the Student Union. This lot can be accessed easily from Maryland Parkway. Parking permits are not required on Saturdays to park on campus. Please park in any student or staff parking spaces.  Attendees can park at the Meters on Saturday, however, please note that handicapped and reserved parking spaces are always enforced
  • UNLV Admissions presentations will take place for parents and students throughout the morning in Room 211 of the Student Union. These meetings will be followed by a campus tour. Meeting times are as follows:


    • 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Admissions Meeting
    • 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Campus Tour - Meet outside of Student Union Room 211 to begin tour
    • 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Admissions Meeting
    • 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Campus Tour - Meet outside of Student Union Room 211 to begin tour
    • *Times and room locations are subject to change















Exhibit Hall is closed during Judging from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Exhibits may viewed from 1:30 pm - 2:00pm

Exhibits must be removed by 2:00 pm





7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Judges Breakfast and Orientation

Student Union

Room 222 V

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Judging of Entries*

Student Union

Room 218 .J

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Judges Lunch

Student Union

Room 219 ..

2:30 p.m. -  3:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony

See Below


* Please note that judges are free to leave after their judging duties are completed.*




8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Student and Teacher Registration


Outside of Student Union Ballroom

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Judging of Entries

See Below

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Open Exhibit Hall

All are welcome to view the exhibit entries.

Student Union

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Exhibit Take Down

All exhibits must be removed from the Exhibit Hall by 2:00 p.m.

Student Union

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Award Ceremony

Student Union Ballroom

3:15 p.m. -  4:00 p.m.

Winners Meeting

Student Union Ballroom


Judging of Entries:   See your teacher for your specific room assignment.


Papers will be judged in the Frank & Estell Beam Hall -  BEH 119

Performances will be judged the in the Philip Cohen Theater located in the Student Union

Individual Exhibits will be judged in the Ballroom of the Student Union

Group Exhibits will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 110

Individual Documentaries will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 108

Group Documentaries will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 109

Junior Individual Websites will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 104

Junior Group Websites will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 105

Senior Individual Websites will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 107

Senior Group Websites will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 106

Award Ceremony will be held in the Student Union Ballroom

*Rooms subject to change




Group Documentary
Documentary prepared by more than 1 student
Group Exhibit
Exhibit prepared by more than 1 student.
Group Performance
Performance with more than 1 student.
Group Website
Website designed by more than 1 student.
Individual Documentary
Documentary created by 1 student.
Individual Exhibit
Exhibit designed by 1 student.
Individual Performance
Performance by 1 student.
Individual Website
Website designed by 1 student.
Paper written by 1 student.

Judge Instructions

%u25CF Registration
%u25CB Judges will click on the link provided by their coordinator, which will take them to
the homepage of the contest. Note: If this is the judge’s first contest of the
2019 contest season they will follow the instructions below to create their
account. If they have already created an account for the 2019 contest
season, they will enter the same username and password under the
heading “Login.” They will then confirm their information.
%u25CB Under the Create Account heading, judges will enter their name and email
address and click the “Create Account” button to begin registration.
%u25CB When asked for registrant type (student, teacher, judge, volunteer, staff), judges
will select “Judge”.
%u25CB Judges will then complete personal contact information: address, city, zip, phone
number, gender, and will create a password.
%u25CB Judges will then be prompted to answer additional questions.
%u25CB Judges will then agree to NHD permissions and waivers.
%u25CB Click “Save and Continue” button.
%u25CB Judges will see a confirmation screen, from here judges can click the “Login”
button in the upper righthand corner to login to their account.

%u25CF Judging Assignments
%u25CB To access judging assignments judges will click on the “Judging” tab at the top of
the page, then choose “Judge Portal.” This will take the judge to the assignment
and evaluation page. Note: Judges can only access this area once the Contest
Administrator has completed judging assignments.
%u25CB At the top of the Judge Portal screen judges will see the contact information for
the other judges on their team.
%u25CB Below the contact information judges will see the entries assigned to their judging
group. Note: If a judge is assigned to multiple judging groups they will see a tab
listed below “Judging Assignments” for each of their groups.

%u25CF Judging
%u25CB To view and evaluate an entry the judge will click the blue “View & Evaluate”
button under the entry number and title of the chosen entry. This will open the
evaluation page and in the top left corner there is a link to view the entry.
%u25CB After viewing the entry judges will complete the evaluation sheet by filling out all
sections. Note: The notes section is for personal use only. Students will not see
this section and judges will have the opportunity to print these notes to bring to
the contest for the interview.
%u25CB On the far right of the screen judges can monitor their progress and their group
members progress in completing their evaluations. Note: Judges must refresh the
page after making changes for these notices to update.
%u25CB If a judge indicates “No” next to any of the statements within the “Rules
Compliance” section, the judge will need to enter their reasoning in the text box

that appears. This will create a flag on the judging portal page to show this rule
violation indication to the other judging group members. Note: Judges should
discuss all rules compliance violations with their group so all judges are in
%u25CB At the bottom of each evaluation there are two blue buttons, “Save” and “Save &
Submit.” The Save button will save the judge’s progress, but not share it with the
judging group. The Save & Submit button will save the evaluation and allow
judging group members to view it for discussion.

%u25CF Judge Captain Instructions
%u25CB Once all judges have completed their evaluations, and submitted them to the
group, the Judge Captain will be able to enter the ranks that the judge group has
agreed on. To enter ranks the Judge Captain will click “Submit Ranking” and
enter the rank for each entry.
%u25CB If the contest offers Special Awards, the Judge Captain can enter the group’s
nominations by clicking on “Special Award Nominations” next to the entry they
wish to nominate and indicate their reasoning. The Judge Captain will click the
green “Nominate” button to complete the nomination.
%u25CB Once the Judge Group has finalized their rankings and Special Award
Nominations, the Judge Captain will click the blue “Submit to NHD” button, which
will send all materials to the Contest Administrator and lock the Judging Group
from making further changes.



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