Monterey County History Day Judges Registration

Thank you for your interest in being a judge for the 29th annual Monterey County History Day on March 9th, 2019 at Los Arboles Middle School in Marina.  As you may know, History Day is an experience that positively impacts students throughout the Monterey Bay. It helps students further develop their research skills and bolsters their confidence, which ultimately improves their academic success!  

Brief Outline of Judging Responsibilities

  • Judges are assigned to either Exhibits, Websites, Documentaries, Papers, or Performances (there are very few performances, so performance judges usually must judge a second category as well). Judges work in groups of 2-3 judges and typically (but not always) have a team "Captain" who has had previous History Day judging experience.

  • Website, Documentary, and Papers judges must have access to a personal computer prior to the event. They will review and do a preliminary judging of student's projects on their own the week PRIOR to the History Day event. The day of the event will consist of interviews, and a quick review of student entries. Judges of these categories typically arrive at the event from 8:30-9:00am.

  • Exhibit judges are not able to view the exhibits until the day of the event and therefore are required to register EARLIER than other categories. Exhibit judges typically must arrive at 7:30am to begin viewing the student entries. Interviews begin at 10:00am. Exhibit judges should be comfortable standing for 3 - 4 hours and being in a (sometimes) cold auditorium.

  • The day of the event involves a brief interview with students about their projects. This interview is typically around 5 minutes. Most judges will look at approximately 8 student entries. Larger categories (usually websites and exhibits) then need a finals round judge. These finals judges will look at the top projects selected by the First Round judges, and make the final selections for county winners.

  • Judges are typically viewing projects or interviewing students until noon. They are then provided a lunch, and while eating lunch need to complete student evaluation forms, and make their selections for County Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions. More details on the judging and interview process is provided at the Judges Orientation (see dates in form below). Judges may leave once they have submitted their judging forms (typically judges are done at 1:00pm unless they have opted to be a Finals Judge. Finals judging takes place from 1:00-2:00pm.

If you are available to be a History Day judge on March 9th, 2019, please complete the form below and submit.  

If you're interested in judging but need more information, please contact Joyce Breckenridge at  

Name *
Address *
Phone *
In our larger categories, there may be a second round of judging that takes place from 1:00-2:00pm (immediately after lunch). Please indicate if you are able to participate as a finals round judge.
Judges Training
Please select a judges training date/location below. *
Judges Training takes approximately 2 hours and will be held the week of Feb 25th (specific day TBD) from 5:30-7:30pm).
Project Category preference
Please indicate your judging preference below. We will do our best to accommodate your choices, but please be aware that websites and exhibits are the categories most chosen by students and judges are much needed for those categories.
Is there a category you CANNOT judge? For instance exhibits require a long time standing, and websites & documentaries require you to have a personal computer to view the entries prior to the event. Also, note that Exhibit judges need to arrive an hour earlier than other categories (at 7:30am).
If yes, please briefly explain affiliation below. This way we can assign you to a judging group outside of any association with school or student.