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Event 'brings history alive for the kids'

March 07, 2009|By ALICIA NOTARIANNI

HAGERSTOWN -- When naming historical figures, Edmond Locard likely is not among the first to come to mind.

But 11-year-old Kori Taber was not looking for a run-of-the-mill subject for her Maryland History Day project.

"I wanted to study something that would be a great influence on me," Kori said. "I want to be a forensic scientist when I grow up."

So Kori chose Locard, a French criminologist and professor who is credited with formulating the basic principles of forensic science.

"He started the world's first crime scene lab," said Kori, a sixth-grader at Smithsburg Middle School.

Kori's project won first place in the individual documentary category Saturday at the Maryland History Day Middle School Regional Competition at South Hagerstown High School.

Her project also was named Best of Show out of the 175 students from Washington County Public Schools who competed in five categories -- documentary, exhibit, historical paper, Web site and performance.

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Kori said her choice to create a documentary was based on a couple of videos she had found online -- a YouTube fingerprint match and a clip from the television show "CSI."

"I liked the videos and I wanted to find a way to use them," she said.

Gene Ebersole, an instructional specialist with the Washington County Board of Education, said sparking students' interest in history is one of the goals of the competition.

"It brings history alive for the kids. It allows them to do research in areas they are interested in, to enjoy primary and secondary sources," Ebersole said. "Often, history is reading dates and stuff. This allows students to get involved and makes them feel they can be a part of history."

Evelyn Williams, the county's supervisor of secondary social studies, said the theme of the competition was "The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies." Williams said the theme gave students an opportunity to analyze and interpret historical material.

"It goes beyond the normal biography," Williams said. "The students got to read about historical figures, then review their actions and analyze their legacies. It gives them an opportunity to be historians."

Sarah Saunders and Taylor Nuse, both 11-year-old sixth-graders at E. Russell Hicks Middle School, worked together on an exhibit about Anne Frank. The pair said they had heard of Anne Frank, but did not know a lot about her.

"We learned a lot more than we would have in a regular class because we got to do our own research and get more information," Taylor said.

Taylor Baer, 11, a sixth-grader at E. Russell Hicks, won first place in individual performance for his project on John Philip Sousa.

"I decided on John Philip Sousa because he is a musician, as I am," Taylor said.

Taylor said Sousa fit the bill for a study of actions and legacies because his patriotism remains relevant today. Taylor's performance included a trombone rendition of "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Williams said 139 students competed in the Maryland History Day High School Regional Competition Friday afternoon at South Hagerstown High School. About 30 teachers and local community leaders served as judges for the middle and high school events Friday and Saturday.

The first- and second-place winners from middle and high schools will have the opportunity to compete April 25 at the Maryland History Day state competition at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Winners there will proceed to the national event in June.

The following were the winners Friday and Saturday in the Maryland History Day Regional Competition at South Hagerstown High School.

Middle school



o Best of Show -- Kori Taber, Smithsburg Middle School

o Best local resources -- Lindsay O'Brien, Springfield Middle School

Documentary



o Individual

1. Kori Taber, Smithsburg Middle School

2. Payton Mohammed, Western Heights Middle School

o Group

1. Ethan Allnutt, Scott Bennett, Shelby Griffith and Amanda Kerr, Boonsboro Middle School

2. Ashlee Metzger and Caitlyn Wilson, Smithsburg Middle School

Exhibit



o Individual

1. Josh Mason, Hancock Middle-Senior High School

2. Sara Hetherington, Smithsburg Middle School

o Group

1. Ben Beard and Grant Tribble, Northern Middle School

2. Marilou Chanel, Anne Ruecherl, Taylor Rigsby and Kristie Coombs, Northern Middle School

Performance



o Individual

1. Taylor Baer, E. Russell Hicks Middle School

2. Conner Moulton, Northern Middle School

o Group

1. Ellie Clark, Megan Mikulsky, Michel Rinquest and Tanner Bachtell, Smithsburg Middle School

Web site



o Group

1. Sami Bosco and Shannon Weaver, E. Russell Hicks Middle School

2. Danny Barr and Ryan Edwards, Smithsburg Middle School

Historical paper



1. Jason White, Northern Middle School

2. Nick Brandenburg, Northern Middle School

High school



o Best of Show -- Destanie Agee, Nathan Arch, Angeo Rey Belen, Kathleen Hoffman and Darren House, South Hagerstown High School

o Best local resources -- Emily Forrester, South Hagerstown High School

Documentary



o Individual

1. Loraine Viar, North Hagerstown High School

2. Kelton Miller, North Hagerstown High School

o Group

1. Kaitlyn Bosco, Lauren Marriner and Kathryn Rodenburg, South Hagerstown High School

2. Greg Harrison and Wyatt Reeder, North Hagerstown High School

Exhibit



o Individual

1. Aaron Hetzer, Clear Spring High School

2. Brittany Weaver, Williamsport High School

o Group

1. Destanie Agee, Nathan Arch, Angeo Rey Belen, Kathleen Hoffman and Darren House, South Hagerstown High School

2. Jesse Buchman, Dan Doub and Mark Oliver, Williamsport High School

Web site



o Group

1. Erin Haley and Chris Callahan, South Hagerstown High School

2. Tyler Eichelberger, Victor Pekar and Matthew Granado, Washington County Technical High School

Historical paper



1. Dominika Hosova, Boonsboro High School

2. Long Luu, South Hagerstown High School

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