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Call for Judges - 2021 Virtual Baltimore City History Day!

2021 Baltimore City History Day virtual contest is now open! Registration for judges will close at 4:00 PM on Friday, February 19, 2021.

Baltimore City Virtual History Day 2021 will take place over the course of a full weekend, and is totally online - providing you flexibility and safety as you generously support our students. Judges will receive their judging assignments on Friday, March 12, 2021. Judging teams will work together virtually to review and deliberate student projects, and select those projects that will advance to the Maryland History Day virtual contest in May - all on the same website! This year, there are no student interviews at the Baltimore City level. All final feedback and advancer decisions must be final by 12:00 PM on Monday, March 15, 2021.

To support judges, we will hold a series of live orientation and Q&A sessions to help you navigate the online platform and feel comfortable and confident as a judge. If you can’t make it, don’t worry! We will record an orientation video for you.

This year, despite the challenges of the pandemic, over 4,000 students from 35 public, private, and charter schools in Baltimore City are engaging in original historical research! Take a look at the work our students have done in the past:

"Where the Two Lines Crossed"

"Changing the Newsweek Newsroom"

"The Great Migration"

Now more than ever, our students need support from community members like you. Please follow these three steps to generously commit your time and expertise as a judge for the 2021 Baltimore City Virtual History Day contest:

  1. Click here to access the registration training for judges. This short training takes you step-by-step through the website and registration process.
  2. Visit this link to access the website and register:
  3. Get excited! History Day is a great experience for all. I am very excited and grateful that you will be joining us!

What is History Day?

From the website: “National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. The experience culminates in a series of contests at the local and affiliate levels and an annual national competition in the nation's capital in June.”

For more information about History Day, visit

This year’s theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding, which can encompass a broad range of historical topics and time periods. We are excited to see what students are researching, and hope you are, too! Click here for more information about this year’s theme.

There are five different categories of projects that are being submitted for this fair:

  • Exhibit category – students create an exhibit board to demonstrate research and analysis of their topic and how it relates to the theme. 2021 Update - This was the most difficult project type to convert to virtual! Judges will view a digital version of students’ exhibit boards. This will either be pictures of a physical exhibit board that you would have seen in a “normal” year or an entirely virtual display board.
  • Paper category – students write a paper to demonstrate research and analysis of their topic and how it relates to the theme. Papers are a minimum of 1500 words. Judges will read, discuss, and score the research papers.
  • Documentary category – students create a documentary film, of no more than 10 minutes, to demonstrate research and analysis of their topic and how it relates to the theme. The judges will view the films, and score the documentary.
  • Performance category – students create a performance, ensemble or monologue, to demonstrate research and analysis of their topic and how it relates to the theme. The judges will view a recording and score the performance.
  • Website category – students create a website, using NHD WebCentral - - a website creation engine. These websites will demonstrate research and analysis of their topic and how it relates to the theme. Judges will be sent links to student created websites - that should be no larger than 1,200 student generated visible words.

Judges evaluate students based on project-specific forms. Click here to access sample evaluation forms.


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