National History Day in Colorado depends on volunteers from our communities to serve as judges! We value your support!


The goal of National History Day is to provide students with a high-quality, educational experience – regardless of whether they win a prize. The judges' evaluation is part of the learning and skill-building process of NHD. The judges' evaluation helps students improve their skills and provides positive feedback and constructive criticism for the hard work students have put into producing their projects. The judges' comments also provide students with ideas for revisions and enhancements as they move from one contest level to the next.


How does judging work?

  • Judges are trained on how to judge and given detailed instructions.

  • Judges do NOT need to be historians or be experts in the field.  

  • Judges work in teams of three with at least one veteran leading.

  • Judges interview students and talk with them about their research.

  • Judges evaluate students’ projects using a rubric, and rank the projects.

  • All projects are evaluated—and all students interviewed—in the first rounds when finalists are determined.  Finalists are evaluated in the final rounds when winners are determined. 

How can I prepare to judge?

You can prepare to judge in one of two ways:

  •  Attend a judge training in the spring at the University of Colorado Denver on the Auraria Campus. Details on in-person trainings released in early spring.

  • Complete the online judge training

​Judging procedures are reviewed--and questions answered--the morning of the State Contest before the contest begins.

How long is the event?  

  • 7:30-1:00 for preliminary round judges.  

  • 7:30-4:00 for those who want to judge preliminary & final rounds.

  • Noon-4:00 for those who want to judge final rounds only.

  • The Awards Ceremony is held at 5:00 pm, and judges are encouraged to attend.