Welcome to the Virginia History Day Contest

Important Dates & Times

 

Welcome to the Registration Page for the Virginia History Day State Contest! 

 

Students finishing in the top three in their respective category and age division at a Virginia History Day District Contest are eligible to advance to the Virginia History Day State Contest. Students should only complete registration AFTER results have been released from their District Contest.

 

All Virginia History Day contests will be held in-person in 2022. Virginia History Day staff and VHD district partners will be closely following the latest public health developments and reserve the right to update these guidelines if necessary. If changes are made, they will be communicated via email to all registered VHD teachers and students, and posted here and on the VHD website.  

 

By registering, students are stating their intent to participate in the in-person contest, held at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. 

 

2022 Important Dates and Deadlines 

Registration and Project Submission Deadline - Friday, April 15

Contest Day (Elementary & Junior Divisions) - Saturday, April 23

Contest Day (Senior Division) - Sunday, April 24

 

Virginia History Day Project Creation & Submission Guidelines

All students must read the following guidelines before creating their projects. Additional guidelines will be posted later this winter with specific contest logistics. 

2021-2022 VHD Contest Guidelines - For project creation and submission

 

Questions? Please contact Sam Florer, VHD Coordinator, sflorer@virginiahistory.org

 
Contact Information:
Sam Florer 
Virginia History Day Coordinator 
804-342-9672 
 
Mailing Address:
Virginia Museum of History & Culture 
P.O. Box 7311, Richmond, Virginia 23221-0311
 
Physical Address:
Virginia Museum of History & Culture 
428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220
 
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Students finishing in the top three in their respective category and age division at a Virginia History Day District Contest are eligible to advance to the Virginia History Day State Contest. Students should only complete registration AFTER results have been released from their District Contest.
 
By registering, students are stating their intent to participate in the in-person contest, held at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.
 

2022 Important Dates and Deadlines 

Registration and Project Submission Deadline - Friday, April 15

Contest Day (Elementary & Junior Divisions) - Saturday, April 23

Contest Day (Senior Division) - Sunday, April 24

 

Virginia History Day Project Creation & Submission Guidelines

All students must read the following guidelines before creating their projects. Additional guidelines will be posted later this winter with specific contest logistics. 

2021-2022 VHD Contest Guidelines - For project creation and submission

 

If you have questions, please ask your teacher, District Coordinator, or Sam Florer, Virginia History Day coordinator at sflorer@VirginiaHistory.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 ask your District Coordinator or contact Sam Florer, Virginia History Day coordinator at sflorer@VirginiaHistory.org or 804-342-9672.
 
Even if your students do not participate in Virginia 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 2022 Virginia History Day Cup! Points are awarded for percentage of eligible students participating at each school in History Day projects, projects that win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd 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 24, 2022.
 
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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 Museum of History and Culture. 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, 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 "Create Account" 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 Virginia History Day Coordinator, Sam Florer, at sflorer@VirginiaHistory.org or 804-342-9672.

 

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