DATE: 04/08/2020

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Central Virginia Community College Division of Humanities and Science completed its annual National History Day program on April 7. For the first time in the 39-year history of hosting this event, CVCC held it in a virtual computer setting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, college and state History Day administrators decided to move everything online. Students resubmitted their projects in digital format and a team of judges evaluated and commented on the students’ work. Judges met online in a virtual meeting to share comments and placements.
Approximately 100 students, parents, teachers, and volunteers participated in this popular event. CVCC Humanities & Social Sciences Associate Professor and History Day coordinator Matthew Poteat said, “We were concerned we might have to cancel but due to the efforts of Sam Florer (Virginia History Day coordinator) and our volunteers here at CVCC, we were able to continue. I would like to thank all of them, and of course, the students and teachers who really made it happen.”
The program is an annual history project competition for students in grades six through twelve (6-12). It is conducted at district and state levels in conjunction with the National History Day program ( The complete list of local winners.
Students in grades six through eight (6-8) are assigned to the junior division, and students in grades nine through twelve (9-12) are assigned to the senior division. In each division, students may compete in any one of eight categories.
The two best entries in each category and age division qualified for the statewide contest, which will be held via a virtual format between April 23-30 (see attached memo) by the Virginia Museum of History in Richmond, Virginia.
Professor Poteat said, “We hope to return to our traditional in-person event next year. We really missed seeing the students and teachers and interacting with them while helping them with their projects.”
For more information about CVCC History Day, or the humanities and sciences division, please visit Also, State History Day,; National History Day,