National History Day - New Mexico > For Judges

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Call for History Day Judges!!

28 Apr 2017

Students will be competing with their history research projects in Albuquerque, Farmington and Las Cruces throughout March and April, and we want you to judge! We are seeking public or professional historians, educators, graduate students, museum professionals and others with a love of history and a desire to help students nurture their passion for history. This year's theme is Taking a Stand in History.

NMHC offers training to all judges prior to each National History Day contest, and serve lunch and refreshments during the contests. The judge's day lasts from 8 am through mid-afternoon.

Website and paper judges receive their entries and judge them prior to the contest, and then have a shorter day than judges for the other categories. If you have questions about judging or attending the contests, please contact New Mexico History Day State Coordinator Ellen Dornan.

Email NHD Coordinator Ellen Dornan »

Click here to register as an NHD judge »

General information

National History Day is an exciting academic enrichment program which promotes the study of history. These young historians develop research papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites and performances based on topics for this year's theme: Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in History. Participating in National History Day helps address the Common Core State Standards comprehensively.


As a judge, you are critical to the contest as you will be giving students a chance to talk about their research and work as well as giving them written constructive feedback. Students use this feedback to improve their projects after each contest on their way to Nationals in June.


There are two divisions: Junior and Senior. The Junior Division is comprised of middle school students, grades 6-8. The Senior Division is comprised of high school students, grades 9-12. The categories can be done individually or by a group with the exception of Papers.

If you are judging websites or papers, you will receive the entries about two weeks prior to the contest. All other entries are judged onsite on the contest date.

After speaking to the students, each set of judges will confer to decide an order ranking of the entries.

Website_Judge_Instructions.pdf
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File: Website_Judge_Instructions.pdf (approx 178.19 kB)

Contest-Rule-Book.pdf
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File: Contest-Rule-Book.pdf (approx 1.22 MB)

jUDGING  WEBSITES  STEP BY STEP.pdf
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File: jUDGING WEBSITES STEP BY STEP.pdf (approx 35.30 kB)

jUDGING  HISTORICAL PAPERS STEP BY STEP.pdf
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File: jUDGING HISTORICAL PAPERS STEP BY STEP.pdf (approx 28.35 kB)

Code of Conduct for NHD.pdf
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File: Code of Conduct for NHD.pdf (approx 19.08 kB)

NHD_Eval_Sheets_Paper15.pdf
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File: NHD_Eval_Sheets_Paper15.pdf (approx 129.95 kB)

NHD_Eval_Sheets_Website15.pdf
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File: NHD_Eval_Sheets_Website15.pdf (approx 130.53 kB)

Paper_Judge_Instructions.pdf
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File: Paper_Judge_Instructions.pdf (approx 171.88 kB)

Paper and Website Judge Orientation

Click on the link below or in the navigation menu to access the online judge orientation for those judging websites or papers.

Click here for online judge orientation »