Eight Western Maryland Student Historians Receive Special Awards at the 2013 Maryland History Competition

Eight Western Maryland Student Historians Receive Special Awards at the 2013 Maryland History Competition

(Baltimore, MD) About 550 talented middle and high students, along with their proud parents and teachers, converged on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore county on Saturday, April 27, 2013 to compete in the Maryland History Day competition. Seven Washington County students and one Allegany County student received special prizes at the awards ceremony. Garret County teacher Gary Thompson of Southern Garrett Middle School and Allegany County teacher Todd Eirich of Fort Hill High School received their District History Day Teacher of the Year awards. Click here to view a complete list of advancers and special awards recipients statewide on our website.
Now in its 15th year as a program of the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC), the statewide program involves over 18,000 students at the school level, representing 17 counties and Baltimore City. Students spend months researching topics that address the National History Day theme and participate in school and county competitions to qualify for the state contest. The 2013 theme is "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events."
Winners were chosen at their district level for both individual and group efforts from five different categories-research papers, museum-type exhibits, performances, web sites, and multimedia documentaries. First and second place winners will represent Maryland at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest on June 9-13, 2013 at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Maryland History Day is made possible with generous support from the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Columbia Gas of Maryland and Star-Spangled Banner 200 have sponsored specific categories. MHC is a statewide, educational, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The purpose of MHC is to stimulate and promote informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders. For more information about MHC, please visit www.mdhc.org.
SPECIAL PRIZES GIVEN TO WASHINGTON AND ALLEGANY COUNTY STUDENTS
Please email Michele Alexander at malexander@mdhc.org to request awards ceremony photos.
WASHINGTON COUNTY
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CIVIC ACTION AND ENGAGEMENT, sponsored by the Maryland Council for the
Social Studies:
Student:
Jade Lee
Topic:
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and the Growth of the Environmental Movement
Category:
Junior Paper
Teacher:
Jesse Smith
School:
Smithsburg Middle School
SPECIAL PRIZE IN MARYLAND HISTORY, sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society:
Students: Jasmine Flores, Ifeanyichu Idegwu, Mary McCleaf, Melissa Miller, Allison Staubs Topic: Clara Barton: Crossing the Battlefield and Beyond Category: Senior Group Web Site Teacher: Rossana Larrick School: Washington County Technical High School
THE MARY DOUGLAS GLASSPOOL SPECIAL AWARD FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, sponsored by Rev. Florence
L. Ledyard, Rector, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church:
Student: Ferkhat Shubladze Topic: Battle of Yarmouk, the Rise of Islam in the Middle East Category: Senior Individual Documentary Teacher: Samuel Spinder School: North Hagerstown High School
ALLEGANY COUNTY
SPECIAL PRIZE IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, sponsored by the UMBC Human Context of Science & Technology Program:
Student: Ethan Greist Topic: The Telstar: Launching Global Communications Category: Senior Individual Documentary Teacher: Jonathan Irons School: Allegany High School