The History Day program depends on volunteers from our communities to serve as judges. Would you like to volunteer?
If you are interested in being a judge:
Requirements: We welcome community volunteers to serve as the judges for the History Day competitions in Colorado. While some sort of formal background in history is useful, it is not a requirement. The key criteria to judge are a willingness to work with youth, a lively interest in history, a willingness to learn and apply the rules of the History Day program, and common sense.
- From 5-8 hours on the day of the competition (generally starting around 8:00 a.m.), depending on whether you judge for just the preliminary round (8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) or for both preliminary and final rounds (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
- 2 hours of training in the week or two before the competition
In addition, if you judge entries in the Paper or Web Site categories, you will receive the entries a week or so before the competition, and should have reviewed them and written notes BEFORE the day of the competition
Training: We provide training for judges in the form of a self-paced orientation to the rules and forms used in the History Day program. Students have carefully prepared their entries according to the rules for their categories, and are anxious to know that judges are familiar with the rules as well. We strongly encourage you to spend an hour or two going through the training materials, particularly if this is the first time you have judged at a History Day competition.
To access the self-paced training materials for judges, click here. You are welcome to look over these materials at any time, but they will be most pertinent when you have received the email in early February that confirms the category you will be judging.
What we provide: Training, breakfast and lunch at the contest, the chance to meet young people who are excited about history, the opportunity to build connections with community members, and a HUGE thank-you!
Let us know: When you register, let us know whether you have a preference in terms of category (Papers, Exhibits, Performances, Documentaries or Web sites) or age group (Junior division: grades 6-8; Senior Division, grades 9-12), whether you are available to judge the preliminary round only, or both preliminary and final rounds
*If you would like to register to judge, please click here.
*Click here to access the judges online training.
*Click here for an overview of the judging process at a competition.
The judges will be the most important people that students will meet at the competition! Your encouragement may be the reason students decide to participate in the History Day program again next year.