Maryland History Day Winners

Each year nearly 700 Maryland students advance to the Maryland History Day state competition at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

See which teachers were honored, who walked away with with special prizes, and which projects were selected to advance to the 2016 National History Day® competition in College Park, MD.

Maryland History Day 2016 Advancers to National History Day

  • Junior Papers, sponsored by The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
    ‘Exploritis’ Roy Chapman Andrews – Leader of the Central Asiatic Expedition
    Sara Jarboe
    Piccowaxen Middle School, Charles County
    Teacher: Daniel Hoefert

    An Anchor in the Unknown: The Exploration and Encounter of HMS Challenger
    Erin Yu
    Mount View Middle School, Howard County
    Teacher: Daniel Yetter

  • Junior Individual Exhibits, sponsored by Columbia Gas of Maryland
    Brainstorm!  William James – Pioneer of the Mental Frontierjie-first-place-parker-nickels
    Parker Nickels
    Northern Middle School, Calvert County
    Teacher: Carli Martus

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Biting the Bullet: Civil War Medical Advancesjie-second-place-william-cersovsky
    William Cersovsky
    Glenwood Middle School, Howard County
    Teacher: Kelly Storr

  • Junior Group Exhibits, sponsored by Columbia Gas of Maryland
    Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in Historical St. Mary’s Cityjge-first-place-tyler-cassidy-and-edward-williams
    Tyler Cassidy, Edward Williams
    Plum Point Middle School, Calvert County
    Teachers: Merry Ellen Fallica, Gail Oakes

     

     

     

     

     

     


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    Allison Alston, Sania Hasan, Trace Teodori
    Lime Kiln Middle School, Howard County
    Teachers: Gary McMullin, Tracy Spillman

  • Junior Individual Documentaries, sponsored by Wegmans
    The British Invasion
    Sam Seliger
    Ellicott Mills Middle School, Howard County
    Teacher: Gregory Mushro

    Walter Reed and the Exploration of Yellow Fever
    Paris Smalley
    Walker Mill Middle School, Prince George’s County
    Teacher: Jeffrey Lloyd

  • Junior Group Documentaries, sponsored by Wegmans
    Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in the American Comic Book Industry
    Eli Kuperman, Hannah Witkin
    Mayfield Woods Middle School, Howard County
    Teachers: Tim Grafton, James McVey, Elizabeth Singleton

    The Tainted Hibiscus: The Hawaiian Annexation
    Ece Fisgin, Christine Kim
    Clarksville Middle School, Howard County
    Teachers: Philip Herdman, Emily Savopolous

  • Junior Individual Performances, sponsored by Ziger/Snead LLP
    The Limping Lady: Virginia Hall, The Most Dangerous Allied Spy of World War II
    Kelly McGovern
    Frederick Homeschoolers, Frederick County
    Teacher: Christine Pritt

    The Human Genome Project: An Exploration to Define Mankind
    Anirudh Saxena
    Burleigh Manor Middle School, Howard County
    Teachers: Robyn Page, Barbara Randolph, Joanna Wade

  • Junior Group Performances, sponsored by Ziger/Snead LLP
    The Harlem Renaissance and How the Negro Movement Changed Relationships between Black and White Communities
    Maya Bryant, Allison Swann, Lydia Daniel
    Eastern Middle School, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Justin Earley

    Gustave Whitehead: The True Father of Flight
    Cadey Benton, Joey Heitzmann, Isabella Yacono
    Clarksville Middle School, Howard County
    Teachers: Philip Herdman, Emily Savopolous

  • Junior Individual Websites, sponsored by SAI
    Alfred Russel Wallace: Eight Extraordinary Years in the Malay Archipelago
    Megan Lim
    Accokeek Academy, Prince George’s County
    Teacher: Arun Puracken

    “You’d Think It Was a Fairy Tale”: The Discovery of Insulin through the Eyes of Frederick Banting and Elizabeth Hughes
    Katherine Harvey
    Frederick Homeschoolers, Frederick County
    Teacher: Christine Pritt

  • Junior Group Websites, sponsored by SAI
    Henrietta Lacks’s Immortal Cells: The Encounter, Exploration, and Exchange That Revolutionized Medicine
    Christopher Pondoc, Jamie Roan, Sydney Robinson, Nikolas Struntz, and Hannah Whang
    West Frederick Middle School, Frederick County
    Teachers: Amy Howser, Daniel Pierson

    Women’s Rights Movement
    Katie Catulle, Lillia Rose
    Southern Middle School, Garrett County
    Teacher: Gary Thompson

  • Senior Papers, sponsored by The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
  • Senior Individual Exhibits, sponsored by Columbia Gas of Maryland
    sie-first-place-barth-frankenberryThe Titanic: Sinking the Unsinkable
    Barth Frankenberry
    Allegany High School, Allegany County
    Teacher: Kimberly Sloane

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Pop Art: Fine Art Encounters Mass Productionsie-second-place-allison-bass
    Allison Bass
    Bullis School, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Lisa Vardi

  • Senior Group Exhibits, sponsored by Columbia Gas of Maryland
    sge-first-place-noella-moon-elena-poulosThe Stonewall Riots: The Encounter That Changed History
    Noella Moon, Elena Poulos
    Wilde Lake High School, Howard County
    Teachers: Lindsey Startt, Kate Volpe

     

     

     

     

     

     


    AIDS: Encountering the UnknownSGE - Second Place - Ana Elhom, Julia Lowenthal
    Ana Elhom, Julia Lowenthal
    Bullis School, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Patty Topliffe

  • Senior Individual Documentaries, sponsored by Wegmans
    Unveiling Decades of Deception: The Tobacco Industry’s Encounter with Congress
    Matthew Blum
    Howard High School, Howard County
    Teacher: Mary Curtin

    The Hubble Space Telescope: Exploring Space and Exchanging Old Questions for New
    Amanda Berry
    Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore City
    Teachers: James Baker, Maureen O’Neill

  • Senior Group Documentaries, sponsored by Wegmans
    The Cambridge Race Riots: A History of Racial Exchange and Violent Encounters
    Adit Abraham, Ahmed Ahmed, Benyam Ephrem, Sumit Sharma, Chris Taylor
    Parkside High School, Wicomico County
    Teachers: David Crissman, Ron Wainwright

    Nellie Bly: Writing the Wrongs of Political and Systemic Corruption Through the Creation of Immersion Journalism
    Ceoli Jacoby, Michelle Nicklin
    Howard High School, Howard County
    Teacher: Tracy Mai

  • Senior Individual Performances, sponsored by Ziger/Snead LLP
    Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
    Emily Kaltenbaugh
    Brunswick High School, Frederick County
    Teacher: Scott Strait

    Charlie Chaplin and His Immigration to America
    Mackenzie Gross
    Poolesville High School, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Stephanie Gomer

  • Senior Group Performances, sponsored by Ziger/Snead LLP
    Double Crossed by the Double Helix: Rosalind Franklin and Her Role in the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
    Julia Fisher, Claire Jensen
    Poolesville High School, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Stephanie Gomer

    Running Out of Time: The Forgotten Polish Exploration of the Enigma
    Megan Tatum, Alice Walker
    Poolesville High School, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Daniel McKenna

  • Senior Individual Websites, sponsored by SAI
    The Iran-Contra Affair: Patriotism or Politics
    Brian Holt
    Huntingtown High School, Calvert County
    Teacher: Jonathan Moreland

    Encounters That Cured the World: Exploring Methods to Create the Polio Vaccine
    Olivia Bartholomew
    Bullis School, Montgomery County
    Teacher:  Lisa Vardi

  • Senior Group Websites, sponsored by SAI
    The Silk Road: Facilitator of Exchange
    Umailla Fatima, Melissa Magrath
    Allegany High School, Allegany County
    Teacher: Tammy Twigg 

    FDR’s Good Neighbor Policy
    Tadhg Larabee, Emily Zhou, Isabelle Zhou, Kyle Zhu
    Richard Montgomery High School, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Lisa MacFarlane

Maryland History Day Teachers Awards

  • Patricia Behring Middle School History Day Teacher of the Year
    Christina Doepel
    Greenbelt Middle School
    Prince George’s County
  • Patricia Behring High School History Day Teacher of the Year
    Kimberly Sloane
    Allegany High School
    Allegany County
  • Anne Arundel County
    Beth Tipper
    Meade High School
  • Baltimore City
    Ryan Folmer
    Mount St. Joseph High School
  • Baltimore County
    Frank Passaro
    Calvert Hall College High School
  • Calvert County
    Adam Muffley
    Plum Point Middle School
  • Caroline County
    Linda Echternach
    Lockerman Middle School
  • Charles County
    Rochelle Savoy
    St. Charles High School
  • Frederick County
    Amy Howser
    West Frederick Middle School
  • Garrett County
    Amanda Wilburn
    Northern Middle School
  • Harford County
    Carolyn vanRoden
    Southampton Middle School
  • Howard County
    Danelle Brennan
    Howard High School
  • Montgomery County
    Daniel McKenna
    Poolesville High School
  • Prince George's County
    Andrette Duncan
    James Madison Middle School
  • Queen Anne's County
    Thomas Hayman
    Centreville Middle School
  • Somerset County
    Randi Merritt
    Somerset Intermediate School
  • Wicomico County
    David Crissman
    Parkside High School
  • Worcester County
    Kristin Jackson
    Stephen Decatur Middle School

2016 Special Prize Winners

  • Special Prize in African American History, sponsored by the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture
    Civil Rights?
    Junior Group Exhibit
    Lauren Marbury, Namisa M’Bayo, Angel Nwadibia
    Greenbelt Middle School, Prince George’s County
    Teacher: Christina Doepel

    Henrietta Lacks and the Encounter that Sparked Exploration and Exchange in Stem Cell Research
    Senior Individual Exhibt
    Mervyn Thomas-Crawford
    Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore City
    Teachers: James Jensen, Maureen O’Neill

  • Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. Award for Excellence in Government History
    Lessons Learned from WWI: Exploring New Ideas in the Post-War U.S. Occupation of Japan
    Junior Individual Website
    Elias Applebaum
    Eastern Middle School, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Justin Earley

    ‘The World Was Wide Enough’: A Psychohistorical View on the Encounter between Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and Vice President Aaron Burr, 1755-1804
    Senior Paper
    Faith Debelius
    North Carroll High School, Carroll County
    Teacher: Matthew Leibensperger

  • Award for Excellence in Civic Action and Engagement, sponsored by the Maryland Council for the Social Studies
    Encounters with the Gay Rights Movement: Past and Present
    Junior Group Performance
    Reilly Davis, Analeigh Flieger
    Wiley H. Bates Middle School, Anne Arundel County
    Teacher: Kathryn Pieper

    Andrew Carnegie: The Making of a Steel Empire
    Senior Individual Exhibit
    Madeline Blash
    South Hagerstown High School, Washington County
    Teacher: Jason Kamler

  • The Barry A. Lanman Award for Oral History, Martha Ross Center for Oral History, UMBC, sponsored by John D. Willard V
    The Library of Alexandria
    Junior Group Website
    Abigail Davenport, Ellie Proutt, Isabel Rodriguez
    Dumbarton Middle School, Baltimore County
    Teacher: Evan Richards

    Congresswoman Marjorie Holt: Forging a District Campaign Trail
    Senior Individual Documentary
    Erica Szymanski
    Severna Park High School, Anne Arundel County
    Teacher: Mark Haring

  • Special Prize in Labor History, sponsored by Community College of Baltimore County, Labor Studies Program
    Henry Ford and the Assembly Line
    Junior Group Exhibit
    Colten Jenkins, Anthony Paul
    Northern Middle School, Garrett County
    Teacher: Amanda Wilburn
  • The George Washington Leadership Prize, sponsored by the George Washington’s Mount Vernon
    Spies: The Unknown Explorers in the American Revolution
    Junior Individual Documentary
    Jordan Kreh
    Patuxent Valley Middle School, Howard County
    Teachers: Monica Bickerton, Edwin Esbrandt
  • The Judges James and Constantine Kit Sfekas Award for Law and Society, sponsored by the Honorable Stephen J. and Dr. Elizabeth Sfekas
    A Loving Story: Richard and Mildred Loving
    Junior Individual Website
    Chloe Smith
    Roland Park Elementary Middle School, Baltimore City
    Teacher: Alexandra Fleming, Karl Sanzenbacher

    Unveiling Decades of Deception: The Tobacco Industry’s Encounter with Congress
    Senior Individual Documentary
    Matthew Blum
    Howard High School, Howard County
    Teacher: Mary Curtin

  • The Dr. Dean Mesologites Award for Medicine and Society, sponsored by Honorable Stephen J. and Dr. Elizabeth Sfekas:
    The Discovery of DNA: An Exploration in the Field of Genetics
    Junior Individual Website
    Lauren Jacobs
    Northern Middle School, Garrett County
    Teacher: Amanda Wilburn

    Anti-septic Surgery
    Senior Individual Exhibit
    Mitushi Khare
    Poolesville High School, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Stephanie Gomer

  • The Major General John E. Morrison Award in Excellence and Innovation, sponsored by the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation
    Enchantress of Numbers
    Junior Individual Website
    Layla Grimm
    Snow Hill Middle School, Worcester County
    Teacher: Beau Williams

    The Next Frontier
    Senior Individual Performance
    Cheyenne Scott
    North Point High School, Charles County
    Teacher: Jessica Pratta

  • Milton Zaslow Award in Cryptology, sponsored by the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation
    The Limping Lady: Virginia Hall, the Most Dangerous Allied Spy of World War II
    Junior Individual Performance
    Kelly McGovern
    Frederick Homeschoolers, Frederick County
    Teacher: Christine Pritt

    Running Out of Time: The Forgotten Polish Exploration of Enigma
    Senior Group Performance
    Megan Tatum, Alice Walker
    Poolesville High School, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Daniel McKenna

  • Special Prize in Maritime Heritage of the Chesapeake Bay, sponsored by Maritime Committee of the Maryland Historical Society
    Shaping the Rhode River Community
    Senior Paper
    Alexa Schoeneborn
    South River High School, Anne Arundel County
    Teacher: Colin Campbell
  • Special Prize in Maryland History, sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society
    Maryland’s Catalyst in the Vietnam War: The Catonsville Nine
    Kale Ogunbor
    Junior Individual Performance
    Walker Mill Middle School, Prince George’s County
    Teacher:Jeffrey Lloyd

    The Cambridge Race Riots: A History of Racial Exchange and Violent Encounters
    Senior Group Documentary
    Adit Abraham, Ahmed Ahmed, Benyam Ephrem, Sumit Sharma, Chris Taylor
    Parkside High School, Wicomico County
    Teachers: David Crissman, Ron Wainwright

  • Special Prize in Military History, sponsored by the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society
    A Military, Economic, and Diplomatic Exchange in WWII: The Lend-Lease Agreement
    Junior Paper
    Declan Burros
    Tilden Middle School, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Craig McKee

    The Lost Wings of a Butterfly: Japanese Military ‘Comfort Women’ During World War II
    Senior Individual Documentary
    Jiwon Min
    Saint John’s Catholic Preparatory School, Frederick County
    Teacher: Tim Van Schaick

  • Michael E. Patten Memorial History Award for Best Use of Primary Sources, sponsored by the Frank Patten Family
    Exploration of Puerto Rico
    Senior Individual Performance
    Cody Pfeiffer
    Queen Anne’s County High School, Queen Anne’s County
    Teacher: John Haines
  • Naval and Maritime History Award, sponsored by the National Capitol Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States
    An Anchor in the Unknown: The Exploration and Encounter of HMS Challenger
    Junior Paper
    Erin Yu
    Mount View Middle School, Howard County
    Teacher: Daniel Yetter

    German U-Boats: Encounters on the United State Coast
    Senior Individual Exhibit
    Kyle Schuster
    Wilde Lake High School, Howard County
    Teacher:  Susan Pennington

  • The Peace Study Center Award, sponsored by the Peace Study Center, Baltimore
    Jane Goodall
    Junior Group Exhibit
    Zoey Craddock, Chloe Kerstetter
    Lockerman Middle School, Caroline County
    Shelby Williams

    Christmas Truce of 1914
    Senior Group Website
    Ray Gebhardt, Spencer Nattans
    Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore County
    Teacher: Frank Passaro

  • Special Prize in the History of Science and Technology, sponsored by the UMBC Human Context of Science & Technology Program
    The Apollo 13 Mission: Catastrophic Failure, Triumphant Success
    Junior Individual Website
    Olivia Borkowski-Johnson
    Bel Air Middle School, Harford County
    Teachers: Eric Bennett, Drusilla Herbert

    Apollo 13: The Fascinating Journey
    Senior Individual Exhibit
    Emily Airing
    Francis Scott Key High School, Carroll County
    Teacher: Becca Bell

  • Special Prize in Women's History, sponsored by the Department of History, UMBC
    Encountering Racism: The Story of Ruby Bridges
    Junior Individual Exhibit
    Justina Jackson
    Somerset Intermediate School, Somerset County
    Teacher: Randi Merritt
  • Special Prize in Historic Preservation, sponsored by the Maryland Historical Trust
    Encounters Through Art: How the Paintings of Thomas Moran Helped to Inspire the Creation of Yellowstone National Park
    Junior Individual Exhibit
    Lauren Hale
    Northern Middle School, Calvert County
    Teacher: Amanda Cain

    Roanoke: England’s First Attempt for Colonization of the New World
    Senior Group Documentary
    Cosimos Cendo, Christopher Reed
    Allegany High School, Allegany County
    Teacher: Tammy Twigg

  • Special Prize in Legal and Constitutional History
    LGBT+Rights Through History
    Junior Group Documentary
    Alliyah Gregory, Allison Lord, Erin O’Neill
    West Middle School, Carroll County
    Teacher: Stacey Gruber

    The Iran-Contra Affair
    Senior Individual Exhibit
    John Taube
    Allegany High School, Allegany County
    Teacher: Tammy Twigg

  • “MHD illustrated the applicability of the study of history to contemporary issues and current events. It was very motivating to converse with the students about their historical topic and observe how they applied it to current events and their own life circumstances.”

    ​Maryland History Day parent
  • I’ve loved judging! It’s exciting to see the passion the middle schoolers have put in their projects. I hope that my critiques have helped strive for excellence throughout their lives.

    Dee Krasnansky, Maryland History Day Judge
  • “It provided an opportunity for my child to learn through experiential opportunities. He had interviews and tours that were relevant to his topic that helped the history come alive and create unforgettable memories.”

    Maryland History Day 2015 Parent
  • “By using a variety of sources, I was able to get angles on my topic that I wasn’t able to before. Also, I learned so much about a topic near and dear to my heart that will enrich my learning later in life.”

    Maryland History Day 2015 Student
  • “Maryland History Day challenged my daughter to go deeper, deeper in research analysis and presentation. It took her to a whole new level academically.”

    ​Maryland History Day parent
  • “I had never done anything like this before so it was a totally new experience to write a paper, be interviewed, and defend my positions. I now really know how to do research and it has improved my writing skills.”

    ​Maryland History Day student
  • “[The students] learned a variety of ways to present their material and they could focus on what they wanted to learn about. The students had a choice in their learning. It was about their learning NOT what someone else felt they need to learn.”

    ​Maryland History Day teacher
  • “I had never done anything like this before so it was a totally new experience to write a paper, be interviewed, and defend my positions. I now really know how to do research and it has improved my writing skills.”

    ​Maryland History Day 2015 Student
  • “The researching and communicating skills have made me a more confident person in all academic endeavors. These are skills that will last me a lifetime.”

    ​Maryland History Day student participant
  • “The part of History Day that had the most impact on me was seeing all the other entries and entry categories. It was really inspiring to see so many different people of history honored for their leadership and legacy as that was this years theme. You forget that the whole world has a history and there are so many different people and leaders who make up that history. The fact that this day brings together all of us students, our imaginations, our creativity, research skills, and history really reminds you how much of us would be lost if we didn’t remember those who made an impact.”

    ​Maryland History Day student participant
  • “The students are now far more prepared for the high level of scholarship and achievement that will be expected of them in future years. MHD also elevated many other skills too. These include public speaking, the use of technology, learning to collaborate.”

    ​Maryland History Day teacher
  • “My students became more competent researchers, and took ownership of their work. They had total free reign to choose their topic, direct their research, and create their final project.”

    ​Maryland History Day 2015 Teacher
  • “[My son] became a real expert in his topic and, he says, developed a life-long love of history, especially the history of music. I cannot thank you enough for this rare and incredible opportunity.”

    Andrea LeWinter, parent of Maryland History Day participant
  • “I think the continual process of improving her research and presentation through the various levels of competition has been incredibly valuable. It has caused her to dig deeper in her research and build upon and refine her work and presentation.”

    ​Maryland History Day parent
  • “The thing that had the most impact were the skills that I got from this project. I developed better hunting skills in terms of looking for reliable sources and I also learned to work hard and not procrastinate to achieve something great.”

    Maryland History Day student participant
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