Boonsboro High Student Advances to National History Day Competition

Boonsboro High Student Advances to National History Day Competition
Seven Washington County Students and Teacher Take Home Prizes

Hagerstown, MD: Boonsboro High School senior Dominika Hosova earned a chance to participate in the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, June 14-18, 2009, after finishing first in her category in the Maryland State History Day competition on Saturday, April 25, 2009. Dominika's entry was in the category, Senior Historical Paper, based on this year's event theme:
The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies.
National History Day is a year-long program that inspires students to study history and learn about issues, ideas, people and events.
Students can express themselves in the competitions in a number of ways: creative and original performance, documentary, paper, website or three-dimensional exhibit. The research work enables students to learn the skills and techniques of the historian and discover new insights.
Miss Hosova began work on her project, "Marian Rejewski," in October 2008 as a requirement of her Advanced Placement (AP) World History curriculum. Her historical paper focused on Marian Rejewski, a Polish mathematician who helped build and later undermine the German "Enigma Machine" during World War II. The "Enigma Machine" was a communications device used by the German military during the early years of the war.
Teacher and advisor Cory Matheny expressed pride in Dominika's achievement. "She is a wonderful student who spent many hours researching and writing her paper and the honor of participating in the national competition is well-deserved."
In addition to AP World History, Dominika is also involved in drama, having recently helped produce the school play, "Oh, What a Knight."
During that same night, Donna Almany of Northern Middle School was also honored as Washington County History Day Teacher of the Year. Other WCPS student winners included Sara Hetherington from Smithsburg Middle School, who received the Special Prize in Legal and Constitutional History, Junior Division, for the Individual Exhibit, "Chief Sitting Bull." Loraine Viar from North Hagerstown High School received a Special Prize in Religious Freedom, Senior Division, for the Individual Documentary,
"Pope John Paul II: A Beacon of Light in a World of Darkness."
Marilou Chanel, Kirstie Coombs, Taylor Rigsby and Anne Rueckerl from Northern Middle School received the Barry A. Lanman Award for Oral History, Martha Ross Center for Oral History, UMBC, Junior Division, for the Group Exhibit, "Fred W. Besley: A Man of Vision."
More than 550 students participated in Maryland History Day, representing 16 counties and Baltimore City, and 55 students will represent Maryland at the National History Day competition in June.
Maryland History Day is directly aligned with Achievement Matters Most and the Voluntary State Curriculum for Social Studies in Maryland. Participants develop research and analytical skills, while improving their critical thinking skills.