Volunteering as a judge for National History Day in Indiana is a rewarding experience. You get the chance to encourage students’ interest in history and to help students improve their projects for larger state and national competitions. According to the National History Day Fact Sheet, more than 3,700 students and 60 teachers from 46 schools in 20 Indiana counties participated in National History Day in 2011.
Contest judges are critical to the success of National History Day in Indiana. Not only do judges choose the winners that advance to the next level of competition, but on contest days they become mentors to History Day students by providing valuable feedback for each project.
We’re looking for adults with backgrounds in history and/or education who like to share their passion for learning with students. Typically, these volunteers include teachers and college professors, graduate and undergraduate college students, museum professionals, librarians and other members of the community.
Volunteers are needed on competition days to assist with morning registration and student exhibit set-up and to monitor the documentary, performance and exhibit rooms during the day-long contest.
In 2012, there are four opportunities to volunteer:
March 3, North District, Notre Dame
March 10, Central District, Indianapolis
March 31, South District, Nashville
April 21, State Contest, Indianapolis
To learn more about volunteering, visit the History Day Friends and Volunteers site. There you will find the History Day Volunteer Registration Form.