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NHD-OC relies on caring adults to evaluate and comment on student entries. Judges determine which entries will represent Orange County at the National History Day - California state finals competition. Many teachers who are considering an NHD-OC program begin as judges which provides an opportunity to see what culminating projects look like and how entries are judged. Judges include undergraduate and graduate college students (some are former competitors), professors, archivists, historians, museum curators, educators and those who enjoy history and supporting students.
Judging is a crucial part of the NHD competition. Each participating school is required to provide at least 3 volunteer judges. Experienced judges and smaller heats describe the process as the best way to understand the NHD program, so coaches can benefit from the judging process. Judging enables you to assist your students effectively as they develop their entries for competition. Having enough judges also provides students with well-rounded feedback and smaller categories.
What Is My Judging Commitment?
A judging session typically requires a minimum of 5 hours. This includes an orientation followed by examination of student work, student interviews and determination of the top entries you and your fellow judges have reviewed.
Judges who review Historical Paper, Documentary and Website entries will preview the entries before that NHD-OC contest.
If this is the first time you have judged, NHD-OC highly recommends that you view the NHD-OC Judge Training Webinar.
How Do I Sign Up?
Please consider judging - complete the Judge Registration form.
Register to be a Judge for the 2021 NHD-OC Contest on Friday, March 12, 2021 and Saturday, March 13, 2021. Please be sure to press "Submit" when you are finished to ensure your registration is complete.
How Can I Learn More?
For a quick overview of the role of Judging, review the pdf NHD-OC Judge Information Sheet .
To learn more about the role of Judging, review the pdf NHD-OC Handbook.
Summary of Significant Rules Changes 2021 pdf file, review the pdf NHD-CA Rulebook to learn more about NHD-OC this year's theme, the annotated bibliography, rules for each entry category and more.
We thank you in advance for registering to become a judge, we hope you'll consider the time and effort you invest to be worthwhile.
Please e-mail ust at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.