Alabama History Day competition goes ‘virtual’

Alabama History Day, originally scheduled for April 17 at Auburn University in Montgomery, has been postponed to May 1 with a new twist – It’s going virtual and has rescheduled deadlines.

“Due to the looming crisis we all face with COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus, we are taking extra precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control,” said Alabama History Day Coordinator Jerald Crook of the Alabama Humanities Foundation. AHF, in partnership with AUM, present the annual competition for middle and high school students involving hundreds of students.

CDC is recommending no gatherings of more than 10 people.

“We’re postponing the competition until Friday, May 1, and the contest will be virtual, meaning all student projects will be submitted online and judged remotely over the span of 1 to 2 days. We plan to have a virtual award ceremony on Monday, May 4, barring any complications,” he said.

Submission procedures and the portal for submissions can be found at the following link:

https://www.alabamahumanities.org/programs/alabamahistoryday/alabama-history-day-2020-virtual-contest/.

Besides the new date for the virtual contest, the following new deadlines are planned:

  • Registration Deadline – Friday, April 10
  • Website/Paper Deadline – Friday, April 10
  • Exhibit/Documentary/Performance Deadline – Monday, April 27

Winners in each category go on to compete against students from around the country in National History Day in College Park, MD, which is scheduled for June.