National History Day is a year-long competition in the area of historical research, writing and analysis (sort of history's equivalent of a science fair for primary and secondary school students around the country). Contestants who qualify at the regional level go on to compete at state gatherings where winners are chosen for the national competition.
This year's NHD theme is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events. Students choose a related issue from local, state, national or world history and present their research in one of six formats: 2-D display, documentary video, exhibit, paper, performance or website.
Judges are needed for the local 2013 History Day event. You don't have to be a history expert to judge -- just have an interest in the subject and the willingness to evaluate student entries with positive feedback and constructive criticism. If interested, fill out the online registration form.
PHOTO CREDIT: Joshua Fender from Toby Johnson Middle School in Elk Grove performs a monologue called "The Triumph and Tragedy of the Battle of Lexington" at the 25th Annual Sacramento County History Day. 2007 Sacramento Bee photograph by Autumn Cruz