Regional History Fair seeks volunteer judges

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University Continuing and Professional Education will host the 58th annual Northern Illinois Regional History Fair on Feb. 22 in the Holmes Student Center in DeKalb.

Each year, hundreds of junior high and high school students from the region participate in the fair by writing research papers, designing websites, building exhibits, creating documentaries and performing original skits that deal with topics of history. Papers and websites are judged in advance, but NIU still needs volunteer judges for the day of the fair. Those projects receiving a certain score will be eligible to move on to the state competition.

Each volunteer will judge in one of three categories: display exhibits, documentaries or live performances. Volunteer judges need to arrive at the Holmes Student Center by 8:45 a.m. for judges’ orientation and instructions. All judging duties should be finished by 2 p.m. Individuals do not need a background in history to volunteer as a judge.

There will be small continental breakfast refreshments while supplies last and a box lunch option while supplies last for volunteer judges.

Those interested in being a volunteer judge should fill out the online form at http://go.niu.edu/HistoryFairVolunteer.

A tentative schedule for the fair and other details can be found at http://go.niu.edu/HistoryFair2020.

For information, contact Mark Pietrowski with NIU Continuing and Professional Education at pietrowski@niu.edu.

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