Area students highlight ‘Frontiers in History’ during annual competition

April 4, 2023

The Kent Island Bay-Times and Record-Observer, March 24, 2023

2 large white men at a podium before they present awards to students
Thomas Hayman (right) and Tom Boyer (left)

WYE MILLS — More than 100 local middle and high school students participated in a regional history day event. Organized by history teacher Thomas Hayman of Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, the March 18 competition was held at Chesapeake College.

Hayman’s team is composed of 30 area teachers and a troupe of volunteers who host the event for participants from six different Eastern Shore schools. Schools participating in this year’s event included North Caroline High, The Tome School, Centreville Middle School, Lockerman Middle, Easton Middle, St. Michaels Middle/High and Bayside Elementary with a theme of Frontiers in History — People, Places, Ideas. Hayman says the event started as an after-school program he got involved in when he first began his teaching career. As the number of students grew, and the national event began to take shape, the local programs also grew…The regional event is funded by Maryland Humanities, who is also responsible for hosting the state event. Hayman says Chesapeake College also played a vital role, donating the space for the exhibits, presentations and performances free of charge – a location providing a more central location than previous venues. Food trucks rounded out the day’s festivities for the students. 

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