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Students compete in state history day event

May 14, 2007

Four hundred Maryland middle- and high-school students - including nine from Washington County - competed April 28 in the Maryland History Day competition at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md.

Students qualifying for the statewide Maryland History Day competition were selected from more than 11,000 Maryland students who entered projects at school and regional contests. The competition encourages students to develop their research and analytical skills. Students worked individually or in groups to research and present findings for historical topics of their choice.

Student winners were chosen for both individual and group efforts in junior and senior divisions. Winners in four categories - research papers, museum-type exhibits, performances and multimedia documentaries - will represent Maryland June 10 to 14 at National History Day in College Park, Md.

Students from Washington County competing were:

· Lindsey Beall and Megan Duckworth of E. Russell Hicks Middle School received first place for the Junior Group Exhibit "New London Texas School Explosion."

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· Aaron Taylor and Brett Vitkun of Springfield Middle School received the special prize in Military History, sponsored by the Maryland Military History Museum for the Junior Group Exhibit "Normandy, One Day June 6, 1944, One Place Omaha Beach."

· Connor Arnone of Springfield Middle School received the special prize in African-American History, sponsored by the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture for the Junior Individual Exhibit "Martin Luther King Jr., His Dream Changed the World."

· Matt Beal and Kandice Brown of Washington County Technical High School received second place in the category of Senior Group Web sites for the project "Rising Out of the Ashes."

· Trevor Adams and Eric Imes of Washington County Technical High School received first place in the category of Senior Group Web sites for the project "A Nation in Distress: McCarthyism's Effect on America."

The Maryland Humanities Council also recognized outstanding teachers with 10 Maryland History Day District Teacher of the Year awards. In Washington County, Nancy Souders of Washington Technical High School received the Washington County District History Day Teacher of the Year award.

For more information, call Judy Dobbs at the Maryland Humanities Council at 410-685-4185 or send an e-mail to jdobbs@mdhc.org.

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