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2024 Registration and Contest Dates

This year, in recognition of the growth in participation we have seen since the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be holding three regional contests again this March! On this page you'll find contest dates and deadlines, regional assignments, student registration caps per school, and more.

Saturday, March 2nd:

Stoneham Regional Competition: Stoneham Central Middle School (101 Central Street Stoneham, MA 02180). Contest Coordinator: Paula Sampson, psampson@giftsplus.net

  • Stoneham Registration Dates: January 17th, 8:00 AM - February 21st, 11:59 PM. 
  • Stoneham Website and Paper Lockout Date: February 21st, 11:59 PM. All websites and papers must be uploaded to the registration portal by the deadline. Exhibits, performances, and documentaries are due on Contest Day.
  • Register Here: Stoneham Registration Portal. Remember that teachers need to register first!
  • Stoneham Registration Guides for Students, Teachers, and Judges

Foxborough Regional Competition: Foxborough High School (120 South St, Foxborough, MA 02035). Contest Coordinator: Leah Cardullo, mhdsouthshore@gmail.com.

  • Foxborough Registration Dates: January 17th, 8:00 AM - February 21st, 11:59 PM. 
  • Foxborough Website and Paper Lockout Date: February 21st, 11:59 PM. All websites and papers must be uploaded to the registration portal by the deadline. Exhibits, performances, and documentaries are due on Contest Day.
  • Register Here: Foxborough Registration Portal. Remember that teachers need to register first!
  • Foxborough Registration Guides for Students, Teachers, and Judges

Sunday, March 10th:

Leicester Regional Competition: Leicester Middle School (174 Paxton St Leicester MA 01524). *Make sure you put this address into Google Maps. Plugging in "Leicester Middle School" will take you to the old location!

Contest Coordinator: Norman Everett, centralwestnhdma@gmail.com

  • Leicester Registration Dates: January 17th, 8:00 AM - February 28th, 11:59 PM. 
  • Leicester Website and Paper Lockout Date: February 28th, 11:59 PM. All websites and papers must be uploaded to the registration portal by the deadline. Exhibits, performances, and documentaries are due on Contest Day.
  • Register Here: Leicester Registration Portal. Remember that teachers need to register first!
  • Registration Guides for Students, Teachers, and Judges

Saturday, April 6th:

Massachusetts State Competition: Winchester High School (80 Skillings Road, Winchester, MA 01890). Contest Coordinator: Simbrit Paskins, nhd@giftsplus.net

  • MA State Website and Paper Lockout Date: Wednesday March 27th, 11:59 PM. All websites and papers must be uploaded to the registration portal by the deadline. Exhibits, performances, and documentaries are due on Contest Day.
  • Registration links coming in March!

2024 Regional Competitions: Town Assignments

Below you will find your town's assigned competition for the 2024 NHD Massachusetts season. These assignments are based on location, commute, school size, and average number of projects submitted. If you do not see your school or hometown listed below, please contact the State Coordinators to find out where to register.

2024 Regional Competitions: Town Assignments

Stoneham Regional Contest Leicester Regional Contest Foxborough Regional Contest
     
Andover Ashburnham Attleboro
Arlington Bedford Braintree
Belmont Bolton Brockton
Boston Concord Canton
Brookline Deerfield Dedham
Burlington Fitchburg Dover
Byfield Franklin Foxborough
Cambridge Grafton Hingham
Everett Granby Mansfield
Gloucester Gill Mashpee
Hamilton Greenfield Medway
Lexington Hadley Milton
Lynn Holliston Needham
Malden Leicester North Quincy
Manchester-by-the-Sea Lincoln Norton
Medford Marlborough Norwood
Newton Medfield Plymouth
North Andover Pittsfield Southborough
Reading Shrewsbury West Bridgewater
Revere Shutesbury Weymouth
Rockport Springfield Wrentham
Saugus Sudbury  
Somerville Townsend  
Stoneham Westford  
Tyngsborough Wilbraham  
Waltham Worcester  
Wellesley    
Winchester    
Winthrop    
Wouburn    
     
     
     

Student Registration Per School

Each school may send up to the following number of projects to their Regional Contest in each category:

Chart titled Maximum # of Projects per Category a School can send to their Regional Competition. The chart shares the following information: Schools can send the following number of projects to their Regional Junior Division (Grades 6-8) and Senior Division (Grades 9-12). Group Website: 4; Individual Website: 4; Group Exhibit: 4; Individual Exhibit: 4; Group Documentary: 3; Individual Documentary: 3; Group Performance: 3; Individual Performance: 3; Papers: 5

These maximum numbers per school return us to our pre-pandemic allowances, and ensure a fair and manageable Regional competition for all participants. Please email us if you have any questions.

Scheduling Conflicts

If students have a conflict with their assigned contest date, please email your assigned regional coordinator no later than February 15th, 2024 and they will transfer you to an alternate Regional contest. 

In-Person Interviews Required

To be eligible to compete, students must participate in person on contest day and complete an interview with judges. If medical or religious reasons will prevent a student from attending any of our in-person contests, please contact the State Coordinator, Simbrit Paskins, at nhd@giftsplus.net no later than February 15th, 2024 to request a virtual interview. 

Registration Fees

We want to reduce or eliminate as many barriers to participation in the contests as possible. Thanks to support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we have reduced registration fees again this year to $10/student for the Regional Competitions and $10/student for the State Competition; we will also offer registration fee waivers for students who request them by filling out the form at the link.

Travel Assistance

Need help getting to your regional contest? Please get in touch! We are prepared to offer bus stipends to cover the costs of transportation to the Regional and State contests as well as other accommodations upon request. Please email us at nhd@giftsplus.net for more information.

National Contest

The National Contest will be held from Sunday, June 9th, 2024 to Thursday, June 13th, 2024 in University of Maryland College Park.