Four Maryland Teachers Selected for Free Educational Opportunity

October 7, 2019

Teachers in Allegany County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County Selected for Legacies of World War I

(Baltimore, MD) – Four Maryland teachers out of only 114 nationwide have been selected for the National History Day® program titled Legacies of World War I. Meghan Jacquot teaches at Yeshiva of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, Mark Malone teaches at Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, Kathy Simmons teaches at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, and Patrick Wilburn teaches at DuVal High School in Lanham. The teachers will participate in webinars and discussions with educators from around the world to learn about World War I and its lasting impact.

Malone, Simmons, and Wilburn participate in Maryland Humanities Maryland History Day program, an affiliate of National History Day. For Maryland History Day, students create original documentary films, exhibits, performances, research papers, or websites exploring a historical topic of their choice on an annual theme. Affiliates of National History Day include all 50 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and international school programs in China, South Asia, and South Korea.

Jacquot, Malone, Simmons, Wilburn, and all of the selected teachers will receive free tuition, graduate credits, and materials for the online program. Each of National History Day’s 58 affiliates could choose teachers for this honor. Maryland History Day staff at Maryland humanities selected Malone, Simmons, and Wilburn: National History Day selected Jacquot.

“As part of the commemoration of the centennial of The Great War, National History Day is proud to partner with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission to help teachers delve into the history of this global event,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Mrs. Jacquot, Mr. Malone, Ms. Simmons, and Mr. Wilburn will learn about specific aspects of the war they can take back to the classroom to ensure this piece of global history is not forgotten.”  

This program is part of an educational partnership with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, National History Day, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. This partnership will educate both teachers and school students about World War I through a series of more than 100 teaching events nationwide.

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About National History Day ® (NHD)
NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Crown Family Foundation, the Better Angels Society, and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. For more information, visit

About the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission
The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission was created by Congress in 2013 to provide education programs, public outreach, and guidance for commemorative events regarding America’s involvement in WWI, which many see as The War That Changed the World. The World War One Centennial Commission is creating the National WWI Memorial in Washington, DC through private donation. To learn more about the World War One Centennial Commission and its work, visit

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