Call for History Day Judges
Volunteer judges are needed for the Alaska state contest for the National History Day (NHD) program to be held the week of March 28-31, 2016.
NHD is an exciting academic enrichment program that encourages junior and senior high school students to engage in real historical research. Students choose a topic related to the annual theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research. The students present their work in original papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries and websites.
This year’s theme is “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History” and should provide some great entries. The state contest in Alaska is different than other NHD affiliates. Due to the size and geographic limitations in Alaska, the contest is completely virtual. Students submit digital entries and the judging happens remotely.
Judging for the state contest will be held on the week of March 28-31, 2016. Since this is a virtual contest, they are flexible with the time and can try to accommodate your schedule. This year, there will be a mandatory judging orientation webinar in early March to ensure you are prepared to evaluate the entries to the NHD standards. This will be recorded, so you can view the orientation even if you are unavailable attend.
They are also having a Alaska History Award this year for the best project that highlights Alaska history.
There will be a training for judges and a webinar before the judging begins, so if you would be interested in volunteering as a judge please contact Valerie Gomez as soon as possible:
Valerie Gomez, Historian
National Park Service, Alaska Region
240 W. 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501