Welcome to the VA District 1 Contest

Important Dates & Times

Welcome to Registration for the Virginia District 1 National History Day Contest!

Contest on March 30, 2019

Registration Deadline is March 6, 2019.

Students and teachers in Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Buckingham, Campbell, Cumberland, and Lynchburg should register for the District 1 National History Day Contest. By registering, students are stating their intent to participate in the contest on Saturday, March 30th at Central Virginia Community College.  Group projects must have at least one student present to compete.  Most judging takes place between 830AM and 1200PM. 

Please note that papers and websites are due by Wednesday, March 6. Papers can be uploaded through the contest website.  Websites must be created through the NHD weebly portal and will be locked out for edits after March 28. (You must still register on the 6th) 

Teachers must register before their students.

  1. To register, teachers must first visit the District 1 Contest site.
    Click "Create Account" and select "Teacher." After completing the registration process, please remember your username and password so you will be able to login to the site on your next visit. If your students advance to the state or national contest, you will use the same login information for the state contest registration site and you will not create a new account.
     
  2. Students will also need to visit the District 1 Contest site.
    Click "Create Account" and select "Student." Students will input the title of their project, category, and other pertinent information including a parent's name and email address. Parents or guardians should be present to sign off on the permissions. For group projects, the first group member to register will need to share the group code with other members so that the students are linked by their project. Research papers can be uploaded (or reuploaded with edits) through the registration site up until the deadline for paper submission. NHD Weebly website addresses need to be entered into the registration site but then will automatically update as students update their websites through the Weebly platform. Names and project titles will appear in printed materials as they are entered by the students, so double-check for spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. These may be changed within the registration system up until the registration deadline. Students will also need to remember their username and password to login again, make edits, or upload research papers. If students advance to the state or national contest, they will use the same login information for the state contest registration site and you will not create a new account.

Have questions? Contact Matthew Poteat, Associate Professor of History, Central Virginia Community College
Phone: (434) 832-7822 
E-mail: poteatm@centralvirginia.edu

 

 

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Teachers must register before their students.

  1. To register, teachers must first visit the District 1 Contest site.
    Click "Create Account" and select "Teacher." After completing the registration process, please remember your username and password so you will be able to login to the site on your next visit. If your students advance to the state or national contest, you will use the same login information for the state contest registration site and you will not create a new account.
     
  2. Students will also need to visit the District 1 Contest site.
    Click "Create Account" and select "Student." Students will input the title of their project, category, and other pertinent information including a parent's name and email address. Parents or guardians should be present to sign off on the permissions. For group projects, the first group member to register will need to share the group code with other members so that the students are linked by their project. Research papers can be uploaded (or reuploaded with edits) through the registration site up until the deadline for paper submission. NHD Weebly website addresses need to be entered into the registration site but then will automatically update as students update their websites through the Weebly platform. Names and project titles will appear in printed materials as they are entered by the students, so double-check for spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. These may be changed within the registration system up until the registration deadline. Students will also need to remember their username and password to login again, make edits, or upload research papers. If students advance to the state or national contest, they will use the same login information for the state contest registration site and you will not create a new account.

 

If you have questions, please ask your teacher, District 1 coordinator Matthew Poteat, Assistant Professor of History, poteatm@centralvirginia.edu, or Christina Vida, at cvida@VirginiaHistory.org or 804-342-9672.

 

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Teachers must register before their students.

  1. To register, teachers must first visit the District 1 Contest site.
    Click "Create Account" and select "Teacher." After completing the registration process, please remember your username and password so you will be able to login to the site on your next visit. If your students advance to the state or national contest, you will use the same login information for the state contest registration site and you will not create a new account.
     
  2. Students will also need to visit the District 1 Contest site.
    Click "Create Account" and select "Student." Students will input the title of their project, category, and other pertinent information including a parent's name and email address. Parents or guardians should be present to sign off on the permissions. For group projects, the first group member to register will need to share the group code with other members so that the students are linked by their project. Research papers can be uploaded (or reuploaded with edits) through the registration site up until the deadline for paper submission. NHD Weebly website addresses need to be entered into the registration site but then will automatically update as students update their websites through the Weebly platform. Names and project titles will appear in printed materials as they are entered by the students, so double-check for spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. These may be changed within the registration system up until the registration deadline. Students will also need to remember their username and password to login again, make edits, or upload research papers. If students advance to the state or national contest, they will use the same login information for the state contest registration site and you will not create a new account.

 

If you have questions, please ask your teacher, District 1 coordinator Matthew Poteat, Assistant Professor of History, poteatm@centralvirginia.edu, or Christina Vida, at cvida@VirginiaHistory.org or 804-342-9672.

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 2019 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 on April 27, 2019.

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Judge Information

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 Historical Society. 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.

 

If you have questions, please ask your teacher, District 1 coordinator Matthew Poteat, Assistant Professor of History, poteatm@centralvirginia.edu, or Christina Vida, at cvida@VirginiaHistory.org or 804-342-9672.


 

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