MHD Judges



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A Judge’s Perspective


Every year, thousands of Michigan students grades 4-12 research and prepare projects on a range of historical topics for Michigan History Day®. Students can present the results of their research in a variety of formats, from the traditional research paper to a documentary, an exhibit, a website, or a live performance! The Michigan History Day program combines the rigor of legitimate historical research with students’ creativity in presenting their research.

You can help us make Michigan History Day a success!

Click here to sign-up to judge at the State Finals

Important dates for the virtual 2021 State Finals:
Project materials to Round 1 judges: Friday, April 2, 2021

Round 1 Entry judging: Saturday, April 10, 2021, 8 a.m. to noon (If you aren’t available this day, you can still judge.)

Final Round judging will begin Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

All judge results and evaluation forms are due by Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

We need the help of individuals with an interest in history and education to serve as judges at the state finals. The most important qualities for a judge are strong common sense and an enthusiasm for interacting with students. You should have a lively interest in history, but not necessarily a specific background in history. We provide training in how to judge the Michigan History Day entries, and you will be placed on teams with experienced judges.

Judges evaluate the participants’ entries and provide constructive feedback to the students. Usually, part of the judging process includes the opportunity to interview the students who created the projects. One of the pleasures of judging at Michigan History Day is meeting students who have a passion for their topic! Because of COVID-19, the 2020 State Finals will be a virtual contest. Judges will evaluate digital projects and there will not be any interviews.

Interested in judging? Please contact for more information.

District contests need judges too! Visit the District Information page to see contests happening near you. Please reach out the District Coordinators to judge at their contests.

Resources for Judges

2021 NHD Theme Book

2021 Contest Rule Book (New!)

Judging Video Overview (Created by National History Day in Minnesota)

In-Depth Judging Instructions by Category (Coming soon!)


Evaluation Sheets by Category (New!)




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