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Utah History Day State Contest


Location: Hillcrest Junior High School (126 East 5300 South, Murray UT 84107)

Hillcrest Jr. High is centrally located just off I-15, one block east of Murray High School. There are many restaurants nearby. 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sunday, April 1, 10 pm 

All students must register online for the state contest!  Registration is not automatic. Students who qualify for state will receive an invitation to register by email.


  • Papers: Email a pdf to, AND send 6 printed copies, stapled, to Utah History Day, 300 S. Rio Grande Street, SLC UT 84101.
  • Websites: All websites will lock for judging at 10:00 pm on April 10. Be sure to hit the “publish” button before they lock.
  • Documentaries: Upload your project, process paper, and bibliography by 10:00 pm on April 10. 

Competition Schedule
7:30-9:00      Student Check In & Exhibit Setup
9:00-2:30      Judging
3:30-4:30      Awards Ceremony
4:45-5:30      National Delegation Meeting
* This schedule is subject to change. 

Special Awards
We are pleased to offer cash prizes in the following areas, thanks to these generous partners:

  • American West – Sponsored by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, BYU
  • Equality in History – Sponsored by the University of Utah Department of History
  • Immigration History – Sponsored by the University of Utah Department of History
  • Rails & Trails Prize – Sponsored by the Oregon-California Trails Association
  • Science, Medicine or Technology – Sponsored by the University of Utah Department of History
  • Women or Gender – Sponsored by the University of Utah Department of History
  • World War I – Sponsored by the Utah WWI Commission
  • Utah History – Sponsored by the Smith-Pettit Foundation

To be considered for a a special award, students who will be competing at State must nominate themselves in advance during online registration.

Qualifying for State
The annual Utah History Day State Competition is open to qualifying students in the Junior and Senior age divisions. Top entries from each of Utah’s ten regional contests qualify to advance to the state contest. The Primary age division does not compete at State.

Take I-15 into Salt Lake. Take the 5300 South Exit, toward the east.  Go straight, cross State Street, then look for Hillcrest Junior High School on your right, just after the library.
Hillcrest is about a 15-minute walk from the Murray Central Trax/Frontrunner station.

Parking is available in the 2 lots next to the school, however, these lots will fill quickly. Do not park at the library. There is additional parking conveniently located directly across the street, behind the hotel and next to the ice rink. A staircase leads from this parking lot down to 5300 South, where you can cross in a crosswalk. Student check-in is inside the main entrance to the school, which faces north. 

Down Time
There will be down time during the day, especially in the afternoon.  Things to do nearby include Fashion Place Mall, Indoor Ice Skating at Salt Lake County Ice, and Murray Park.  Bring board games, reading, movies, or video games.  Or hop on the freeway to visit attractions such as Living Planet Aquarium (Draper), Gardner Village (Midvale), or downtown Salt Lake City.

National Contest: June 10-14, 2018
University of Maryland, College Park (Just inside the Washington, D.C., Beltway!)
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