Welcome to the Virginia District 7 Contest

Important Dates & Times

Welcome to Registration for the Virginia District 7 National History Day Contest!

Welcome to the District 7 Virginia History Day Contest Homepage!

Students participating from Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward, South Boston are eligible to compete in the District 7 contest.

All Virginia History Day contests will be held vitually in 2021. By registering, students are stating their intent to participate in the virtual contest.

 

2021 Important Dates and Deadlines 

  • Registration Deadline - Monday, March 8th 
  • Project Submission Deadline - Wednesday, March 10th 
  • Judging Window - Thursday, March 11th - Sunday, March 14th 
  • Results Released - Monday, March 15th 

 

Virginia History Day Virtual Project Creation & Submission Guidelines

All students must read the following two guidelines when creating and submitting virtual projects: 

 

We will test all video links and PDFs and will contact you if there is a problem with the files.

Have questions? Contact Cainan Townsend, Director of Education & Public Programs, Moton Museum 
Phone: 434-315-8775 (ext. 3)
E-mail: education@motonmueum.org

Thanks for participating in Virginia History Day! Please visit the Virginia History Day website to learn more about the program. 

Welcome to Registration for the Virginia District 7 National History Day Contest!

 

Virginia History Day Virtual Project Creation & Submission Guidelines

All students must read the following two guidelines when creating and submitting virtual projects: 

 

2021 Important Dates and Deadlines 

  • Registration Deadline - Monday, March 8th 
  • Project Submission Deadline - Wednesday, March 10th 
  • Judging Window - Thursday, March 11th - Sunday, March 14th  
  • Results Released - Monday, March 15th 

 

2021 Student Activities 

While we are dissapointed we can't celebrate your work in person this year, we'd like to offer you the chance to still feel part of the VHD community. Check out these student activities we are offering to all VHD District Contest participants (linked here). If you have any questions about these activities, email VHD Coordinator Sam Florer at: sflorer@virginiahistory.org

 

If you have questions, please ask your teacher, or District 7 coordinator Cainan Townsend at education@motonmuseum.org.

 

Thanks for participating in Virginia History Day! Please visit the Virginia History Day website to learn more about the program. 

If you would like your students to participate, the first step is to make sure your school account has been created and then to create your account as a teacher. To do that, go to CREATE ACCOUNT, schools. If your school is not on the list please e-mail Sam Florer with the name of your school and he will add it.  If you home school your child, please e-mail Sam as well with the name of what you want your home school to be called and a physical address. After verifying that your school has an account, you can now create an account for yourself as a teacher. Once that is complete, your students will be allowed to create an account.

If you have questions, please ask District 7 coordinator Cainan Townsend, education@motonmuseum.org or the VA History Day Coordinator Sam Florer, sflorer@virginiahistory.org.

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 2021 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 in April 2021

Judge Information

 

All material needed to judge this year can be found in the 2021 Virtual Judging Folder (linked here). 

 

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 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 Cainan Townsend, education@motonmuseum.org or 434-315-8775 (ext. 3)

 

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