(NOTE: IF ANY PROSPECTIVE VOLUNTEER JUDGE HAS A QUESTION ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY DESCRIBED BELOW, PLEASE CONTACT OUR HISTORY DAY COORDINATOR, CAPTAIN RICHARD A. GRIFFIN, USNR [RET.] @ firstname.lastname@example.org FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.)
BUT……….BEFORE GOING ANY FURTHER, CHECK OUT THIS GREAT VIDEO TO GET AN IDEA ABOUT NATIONAL HISTORY DAY! https://youtu.be/oTkYADnO_-U
And now, many thanks to Hannah Tofte of the Washington State Coordinator’s Office for National History Day in providing the following information:
National History Day is a nationwide Social Studies program that encourages students to engage with primary source materials (direct evidence of the past such as historical newspapers, diaries, photographs, maps, art, books, and artifacts) and form their own opinions about historical topics. The National History Day organization (headquarters near Washington D.C.) administers the nationwide program and hosts the National Contest. Additionally, each state has its own History Day office to administer the History Day program at the state level. In Washington State, our program is called Washington History Day and I am the State Coordinator. You can visit the Washington History Day website at http://www.k12.wa.us/historyday
Students are most often introduced to the History Day program by their Social Studies teacher. History Day is mostly a student-led project, but educators provide essential guidance to students throughout the program. Each year, the National History Day organization selects an annual theme; the 2020 theme is Breaking Barriers in History. This year’s History Day students have selected research topics based on the Breaking Barriers theme and are now analyzing primary and secondary resources about their topic, drawing conclusions about their topic’s significance in history, and preparing a History Day project to show what they have learned. Students may choose one of five types of projects to display their research and conclusions (an exhibit, a documentary film, a live performance, a paper, or a website).
Finally, many students have chosen to enter their History Day project into a series of contests — like a science fair but for historical research projects! Here in Washington, students enter their projects into one of eight regional contests held across the state. (See the list of contests below). Winning entries at the eight regional contests move on to compete at the State Contest (held around March/April in Ellensburg, WA) and winning entries at State move on to the National Contest (held in June near Washington D.C.). At each History Day contest, volunteers serve as contest judges, evaluating student work and selecting winners.
Training is provided for judges at the beginning of each contest and new judges are paired with experienced judges to set you up for success at the event. No prior knowledge or expertise is required, though you will find some of the qualities we ask of our History Day judges below (at the bottom of this post).
In support of National History Day, NOUS Northwest will provide a $100 prize for the best entry with a naval history focus in Washington State.
Events scheduled for Washington State:
Olympic Regional Contest: Monday, March 23, 2020 at Olympic College, Bremerton
Regional Coordinator: Tom O’Loughlin
Counties in this region: Clallam, Gray’s Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Kitsap (except Bainbridge Island)
Southwest WA Regional Contest: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Vancouver iTech Preparatory, Vancouver
Regional Coordinators: Rene Soohoo, John Zingale, and Michelle Annett
Counties in this region: Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, Wahkiakum
South Puget Sound Regional Contest: Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Green River Community College, Auburn
Regional Coordinators: Jim Sawatzki
Counties in this region: Pierce, Thurston, King County south of I-90
Northwest Regional Contest: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Anacortes Middle School, Anacortes
Regional Coordinator: Randy Schnabel
Counties in this region: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom
North Puget Sound Regional Contest: Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Northshore Middle School, Bothell
Regional Coordinator: Alan Plummer
King County School Districts in this region: Seattle SD, Shoreline SD, Northshore SD, Mercer Island SD, Bainbridge Island SD
East Puget Sound Regional Contest: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Evergreen Middle School, Redmond
Regional Coordinators: Jill Berge and Nicole Kesler
King County School Districts in this region: Bellevue SD, Issaquah SD, Lake Washington SD, Riverview SD, Snoqualmie Valley SD
Central WA Regional Contest: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at A.C. Davis High School, Yakima
Regional Coordinator: Matt Norling
Counties in this district: Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Yakima
Eastern WA Regional Contest: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Eastern Washington University, Cheney
Regional Coordinator: Jacki Hedlund Tyler
Counties in this region: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Garfield, Ferry, Franklin, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman, Walla Walla