Colorado State University - Pueblo seeks judges for History Day competition March 13

Colorado State University - Pueblo seeks judges for History Day competition March 13

PUEBLO –  Southeastern Colorado History Day, hosted this year by Colorado State University-Pueblo on March 13,  depends on volunteers from our communities to serve as judges and competition volunteers. While some formal background in history is useful, it is not a requirement.  The key criteria to judge are a willingness to work with youth, an interest in history, a willingness to learn and apply the rules of the History Day program, and common sense.

A time commitment of 5-8 hours on March 13 is required the day of the competition (generally starting around 8:00 a.m.), depending on whether you judge for just the preliminary round or for both preliminary and final rounds plus two  hours of training a month before the competition. Two training options are available, 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 at CSU-Pueblo or 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Rawlings Library InfoZone Museum. Judges are also expected to read through the rules and guidelines for judging before the contest.
Judges for the Paper or Web Site categories will receive the entries a week or so before the competition and should have reviewed them and written comments BEFORE the day of the competition Judges have a choice of competitions (regional and/or state, preliminary and/or final), categories (papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries or web sites) or age groups (Junior division: grades 6-8; Senior Division, grades 9-12). More information may be found at

The only requirement for volunteers is flexibility and a friendly face and a time commitment of 3 to 4 hours on the day of the competition. Typical jobs include helping with registration, helping participants locate their competition rooms, running the information booth or tee-shirt sales booth, helping with exhibit setup and protection, preparing participant and judge packets. Additional jobs are available in the days preceding the competition. 

Contact Dr. Jackie Stroud in the CSU-Pueblo history department, ext. 2829 or if you are interested in being a judge or assisting at the March 13 event.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.