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Washington County students win prizes in Md. history competition

May 12, 2008

Washington County Public Schools students took home prizes during a Maryland History Day competition April 26 in Catonsville, Md.

More than 450 Maryland middle and high school students competed for Maryland History Day prizes and the honor of representing Maryland at National History Day, according to a press release from The Maryland Humanities Council.

Students qualifying for the statewide Maryland History Day competition were selected from more than 14,000 Maryland students who entered projects at school and regional contests following this year's theme of "Conflict and Compromise in History."

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, according to the release.

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Student winners were chosen for individual and group efforts in junior and senior divisions. Winners from five categories - research papers, museum-type exhibits, performances, Web sites, and multimedia documentaries - will represent Maryland June 15 to 19 at National History Day in College Park. In addition, several students received prizes in various subjects.

While each participating county or region can boast of having winning entries, Howard County students had the most winners, with 12 winning entries. Montgomery County had the second-largest number, with 11 winning entries, while Calvert County had eight winning entries, the release said.

In Washington County, Hannah Brumbaugh of Clear Spring Middle School received a second-place award for the junior individual exhibit, "After the War: Should Rosie Return to the Home?" Bryan Sirokman was the teacher. Hannah also received the special prize for "We the People" American History and Culture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities for the project, the release said.

Andrew Lake of North Hagerstown High School received second place for the senior Web site "Devil's Dancefloor." Samuel Spinder was the teacher.

Robert Butler, Jessica Phillips and John White of Washington County Technical High School received the special prize in legal and constitutional history, sponsored by Paul Mogin, Esquire, Williams and Connolly LLP, Washington, D.C., for the project, "A Pivotal Time in 1968: The Chicago Democratic Convention." Rossana Larrick was the teacher.

Zachary Kees, Lendon Paul and Ralph "Trey" Weaver of Clear Spring Middle School received the special prize in Maryland History, sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society for the project "The Ransom of Two Cities." Timothy Ackinclose was the teacher.

Alexis Andrukat and Corey Bryce of Smithsburg Middle School received the special prize in women's history, sponsored by the Women's Studies Department, University of Maryland College Park, for the project "Title IX." Nancy Souders was the teacher.

In Washington County, Samuel Spinder of North Hagerstown High School received the Washington County District History Day Teacher of the Year award, according to the press release.

The Maryland Humanities Council is a statewide, educational, nonprofit organization that is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The purpose of the council is to stimulate and promote informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders.

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