Welcome to the National History Day - Virginia District 3 Contest

Important Dates & Times

Welcome to Registration for the Virginia District 3 National History Day Contest!

Students participating from Alleghany, Botetourt, Covington, Craig, Danville, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Martinsville, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Radford, Roanoke City, Roanoke, Salem can advance from their schools to the District 3 contest.

All Virginia History Day contests will be held vitually in 2021. By registering, students are stating their intent to participate in the virtual contest.


2021 Important Dates and Deadlines 

  • Registration Deadline - Monday, March 15th 
  • Project Submission Deadline - Wednesday, March 17th 
  • Judging Window - Monday, March 22nd - Sunday, March 28th 
  • Results Released - Monday, March 29th 


Virginia History Day Virtual Project Creation & Submission Guidelines

All students must read the following two guidelines when creating and submitting virtual projects: 


We will test all video links and PDFs and will contact you if there is a problem with the files.

If you have any questions, please reach out to sflorer@virginiahistory.org or contact: 

Dr. Ann Mary Roberts or Dr. Kristan Morrison
Radford University, Radford, VA 24142
Phone:  (540) 831-7119 or (540) 831-7120
E-mail: aroberts@radford.edu and kmorrison12@radford.edu

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2021 Student Activities 

While we are dissapointed we can't celebrate your work in person this year, we'd like to offer you the chance to still feel part of the VHD community. Check out these student activities we are offering to all VHD District Contest participants (linked here). If you have any questions about these activities, email VHD Coordinator Sam Florer at: sflorer@virginiahistory.org


Thanks for participating in Virginia History Day! Please visit the Virginia History Day website to learn more about the program. 


If you have questions, please ask your teacher, or District 3 coordinators Dr. Ann  Mary Roberts aroberts@radford.edu, Dr. Kristan Morrison kmorrison12@radford.edu


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Thanks for participating in Virginia History Day! Please visit our website to learn more about the program. 


If you have questions, please contact District 3 coordinators Dr. Ann Mary Roberts and Dr. Kristan Morrison at aroberts@radford.edu and kmorrison12@radford.edu.




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Judge Information


All material needed to judge this year can be found in the 2021 Virtual Judging Folder (linked here). 


I’ve never judged History Day before.  Is that okay?

Absolutely!  We welcome veteran judges as well as new judges.  Every Contest begins with a training session run by the Virginia Historical Society. Judging teams will consist of a mix of veteran and first-time judges.

What qualifications are needed to be a History Day judge?

No qualifications are required to judge a History Day event. However, judges should possess an interest in history and be comfortable interacting with students.  Judging involves evaluating projects with a critical eye, making decisions and offering students constructive feedback on their work.

How much time do I have to commit?

At both the District and State level, a judging session typically requires a minimum of 6 hours. This includes an orientation followed by examination of student work, interviews with students, and determination of top entries. Judges who review Historical Paper and Website entries have a slightly different schedule with a similar time commitment. As a judge, we’ll invite you to participate or view a few webinars prior to the competition, but they aren’t required.

What do judges do during History Day?

The basic task of judges is to evaluate the students’ entries and provide both the positive and the constructive feedback that is essential to the learning process. Judges begin the day with an orientation where they review the day’s timeline, learn how to use the National History Day scoring sheets, discuss consensus judging, and meet their fellow judges and judge captains.  There will be time for questions and answers.  Judging teams will consist of two or three members, with a mixture of veteran and novice judges. Judges evaluate the student entries in 10 to 15 minute intervals, with time to interview the student(s) about their project.  Judges fill out the score sheets and come to consensus on the winning entries. You are welcome, but not required, to stay for the Awards Ceremony.

What kinds of questions should I ask the students?

Questions asked during the judging process should give students the opportunity to talk about what they learned while creating their project.  The Contest is the students' day to shine! The judge should never talk more than the student or make them feel as though they have not done enough research.  Questions about their research process, sources used, inspirations for the topic, and what they liked about the project are all appropriate questions.

How do I register to be a judge?

Click on the "Register" button above and select "Judge." Register as a user and then fill out the short questionnaire. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences. You should receive a confirmation email once you have completed the process.

Have more questions? Contact Dr. Ann Mary Roberts or Dr. Kristan Morrison
Radford University, Radford, VA 24142
Phone:  (540) 831-7119 or (540) 831-7120
E-mail: aroberts@radford.edu and kmorrison12@radford.edu




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