National History Day

National History Day Georgia - Judges

Every National History Day Competition, regardless of level, depends upon the wonderful team of volunteers who make it possible.  Critical to the team are the judges. NHD is a program that engages students in a year long adventure in which they become research scholars.  Students, working either individually or in a group,  conduct their research and present their findings through one of five media:  historical paper, Exhibit, Performance, Documentary or Website.  As a judge you'll get to share in their excitement as they report their findings at a contest.   

The State of Georgia has eleven regions and each one needs volunteers at the school as well as regional level.  Each year our state contest requires more than 125 judges.

You can choose the category you wish to judge.   

The categories with links to the judging instructions follow. 
National History Day
They include: 
  • Exhibit
  • Documentary
  • Website
  • Performance
  • Research Paper
All Judges please note:  We have a new rule book!  There have been some significant changes from previous editions so please take some time to review both the rule book and the summary of significant changes.  Veteran judges will find the latter particularly helpful.  Please review this before your contest.  Thank you!!!!



The 2021 National History Day Theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.  Please feel free to review

The 2021 Theme Book

The 2021 Theme Narrative

The NHD Rule Book (please see above)



Each judge will complete an evaluation/comment sheet.  Please be aware that for the 20-21 academic year (and on) we have both a new rule book AND new evaluation sheets.  Take some time to carefully review these rubric style evaluation sheets.  We will be using them during 2021 contest season. 

Our friends at National History Day Minnesota have developed a 
training video that covers the basics for judging NHD projects. 
You can access the video by clicking here.