Tennessee History Day is a state affiliate of National History Day. The Tennessee Historical Society is proud to be the sponsor of the state-level History Day competition. This year, approximately 450 students from across the state of Tennessee will travel to Nashville to compete in the state-level competition. Winners at the state competition will go on to College Park, Maryland, to represent Tennessee at the National History Day competition in June
To host a successful competition for the students, their teachers, and families, the THS needs approximately 150 volunteers to serve as judges of student projects and approximately 25 additional volunteers to help with registration, room monitoring, and other duties.
I am writing to you today to ask you to please consider volunteering on April 12. The students need your support!
Below you’ll find details on our specific needs and the required commitment.
The commitment to serve as a judge requires that you be in downtown Nashville at approximately 8:30 a.m. on April 12th for an hour orientation. Judging will begin that day at 10 a.m. and will continue until around 1:30 p.m. Lunch and a light breakfast will be provided. Prior to April 12th, you will be given materials regarding the specific category in which you will be judging. Students depend on the feedback provided by the judges to learn more about their topic and to improve their projects before competing at a higher level. The judging process is critical to the success of the competition and to the learning process for these students. We need some people to stay all day to judge run-off rounds of competition.
Judges will review projects in one of five categories: exhibit, documentary, paper, performance, or website. You will be judging in either the Junior Division (grades 6-8) or Senior Division (grades 9-12). If you have a preference for what category or division you would like to judge in, please indicate that on the linked survey.
The commitment to serve as a volunteer in other capacities varies depending on the post. While some volunteers will be needed as early as 8 a.m. on the day of competition, most will arrive by 9 a.m. and should be finished no later than 2:30 p.m. We need volunteers to help with set-up, student and teacher registration, room monitoring, and many other duties. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided.
Thank you so much for considering our request! Since you have volunteered before, you know that History Day is a rewarding experience. To learn more about Tennessee History Day, visit our website at http://www.tennesseehistoryday.org. If you’d like to see what a History Day project looks like, just click on Sample Projects.
Jennifer C. Core and Matthew Hibdon, State Coordinators, Tennessee History Day Tennessee Historical Society 615-741-8934 615-741-8937 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org www.tennesseehistoryday.org