Judges sought for April 12 History Day competition

Judges are being sought for the 2014 Maine National History Day competition, to be held at UMaine in Orono, on Saturday, April 12.

Whether you’ve been a judge for several years or never experienced the excitement and reward of History Day, consider joining the 2014 team.  Judges should plan on arriving by 8:30 a.m. and the competition runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.

To register to be a judge, complete an online sign-up form by Feb. 28.  Those who register will automatically be entered into a drawing for a prize, compliments of Maine Historical Society and Maine Humanities Council.

For more information about being a judge, please contact Maine Humanities Council Program Officer Nicole Rancourt at 207-773-5051 or nicole@mainehumanities.org or Maine Historical Society Director of Education & Interpretation Larissa Vigue Picard at 207-774-1822 x215 or lvpicard@mainehistory.org.

Maine National History Day is an annual event for grade 6-12 teachers and students interested in developing critical thinking skills and an understanding of the past through original research. This event promotes a project-based approach and provides a hands-on experience for students to discover and explore history. Using primary sources, students complete projects (research papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites or performances) and present them at the Maine statewide competition.  Visit the Maine DOE Center for Best Practice to view a short video featuring Bruce M. Whittier Middle School’s approach to National History Day, which provided students with an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in social studies and English language arts standards, as well as Maine’s Guiding Principles.

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