Welcome to the National History Day - Virginia District 3 Contest

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

Registration Deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020.

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.

By registering, students are stating their intent to participate in the contest on Friday, March 20 at Radford University (Heth Hall).  Group projects must have at least one student present to compete.  Most judging takes place between 9 am and noon. 

Please note that documentaries, papers and websites are due by Monday, March 18, 2018.  Papers can be emailed to aroberts@radford.edu   Websites must be created through the weebly portal or converted to weebly and will be locked out for edits after March 21. 

Have 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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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, or Christina Vida, at cvida@vahistorical.org or 804-342-9672.


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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, or Virginia History Day Coordinator, Christina Vida, at cvida@vahistorical.org or 804-342-9672.


Even if your students do not participate in History Day competitions, please register so we can track your school's participation in the program and earn points for your school to win the 2018 Virginia History Day Cup! Points are awarded for percentage of eligible students participating at each school in History Day projects, projects that win 1st or 2nd place at District contests, and projects that win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place at the State competition. The Virginia History Day Cup prize will be awarded at the Virginia History Day Contest on April 21, 2018.


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Judge Information

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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