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Volunteer Judges Needed For History Fairs

Are you interested in helping young people to meet the challenges of historical research and to experience the satisfaction of academic accomplishment? If you want to be part of a "good news" educational program that has inspired Chicago area students for almost two decades, we invite you to be a History Fair judge.

A program of the Chicago Metro History Education Center, the History Fair is a vital component of history education for students in grades 6-12 from schools in Cook, Lake and DuPage counties. The program is designed to promote the study of history and to encourage the development of reading, writing, research, organizational and critical thinking skills. Students create essays, exhibits or performances on topics in family, community, and Illinois history which are judged by volunteers who come from all sectors of the community.

And that is where you come in! As a volunteer judge, you will have an opportunity to see first-hand the impressive and creative accomplishments of young students. You do not need to have a Ph.D. to judge at this event! What is required is an interest in the education of our young students. Novice judges are teamed with veteran judges so that each project will receive several evaluations to ensure a thorough and fair assessment. We will conduct a brief judges’ orientation prior to each judging session.

Judges are needed for all levels of the competition. If you are able to act as a judge , please call the Chicago Metro History Education office at 312-255-3661 or e-mail us at We will give you the specific location and time, and will be happy to take your registration information over the phone.

If you prefer, download the 2006 JUDGES VOLUNTEER FORM and FAX it back to us at 312-266-8223.