From: Brian Platt
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2018 2:19 PM

Subject: Your Opportunity to Serve as a Virginia History Day Judge, District 5


Dear History graduate students,

Please take a look at this and consider volunteering.  The department used to host and organize this event, and our faculty and grad students used to comprise the majority of the judges.  It’s a big time commitment (a good portion of a Saturday), but it’s a lot of fun.

Brian Platt

Chair, Department of History and Art History


"I have learned there is always a different side to the story that's just under the surface that's waiting to be discovered, and that no opinion is not worth at least some level of consideration, no matter how outlandish it may seem."  National History Day student


Dear Friend of History,

Do you enjoy historical topics?  Do you find it rewarding to mentor young people?

Do you like working in a small team to discuss history with adults and students?

Have you have answered YES to these questions? Then, we would love to have you volunteer as a Judge for the District 5 Competition of Virginia History Day!  If you teach history or social studies, give history-based tours, or are an enthusiastic reader of history, you are qualified to serve as a judge.  You do not need to be a history expert.      


JUDGING DETAILS for Virginia History Day District 5

Date & Time:  Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (some judging ends at app. 1 pm)

Place: Mount Vernon High School (8515 Old Mount Vernon Rd, Alexandria, VA 22309)

To Sign Up: It is easiest to reserve your place by registering through this google doc at  (you may need to highlight and copy the address into your web browser)  Or, you can complete the attached Judges Form and email it to [log in to unmask] [new email address].


Benefits of Judging:  An opportunity to foster the love of history among middle and senior high schoolers in northern Virginia, a fun day of discussion among colleagues --  & a complimentary breakfast and lunch!    

Please join us as a judge at the District 5 competition.  It will be one of your history highlights of the year!  In the meantime, our best wishes for a memory-making 2018!

District 5 Virginia History Day Planning Team


The District 5 Virginia History Day Planning Team is composed of educators from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Office of Historic Alexandria, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the Manassas Museums, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Fairfax County Public Schools, and Mount Vernon High School.   


To find out more about National History Day, go to 





Denise McHugh

Judges Contact

VHD District 5




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