Maryland History Day Winners Chosen to Compete at National History Day Competition in June

May 2, 2017

61 Students Advance; 65 Receive Special Awards

(Baltimore) — Nearly seven hundred talented middle and high students, along with their proud parents and teachers, converged on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Saturday, April 29 to compete in the annual Maryland History Day state contest. Representing seven counties and Baltimore City, 61 students were selected to advance to the National History Day competition. Additionally, 65 students won special awards at the contest.

A program of Maryland Humanities now in its eighteenth year, the statewide competition involves over 27,000 students at the school level, representing 18 counties and Baltimore City. Students research topics that address the National History Day theme and participate in school and county competitions to qualify for the state contest. The 2017 theme is Taking a Stand in History.

Winners were chosen at their district level for both individual and group efforts from five different categories—research papers, exhibits, performances, websites, and documentaries. First and second place winners will represent Maryland at the National History Day competition June 11–15, 2017 at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Students from Anne Arundel, Carroll, Calvert, Howard, Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties and Baltimore City will represent Maryland at the national contest.

Special Prizes and Teacher Awards
In addition to first and second place medals, 36 special prize plaques and cash awards were presented to students during the awards ceremony. Teachers in 14 counties and Baltimore City also received district awards, and one teacher received statewide recognition. Gary Thompson of Southern Middle School in Garrett County received the Maryland History Day Teacher of the Year award.

A complete list of advancers, special prize winners, and teacher awards is available on our website.

Maryland History Day is presented by Maryland Humanities in partnership with National History Day; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and participating school districts. Generous support has been provided by the Maryland State Department of Education; The Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Foundation, Helen Pumphrey Denit Charitable Trust, Dorothy Wagner Wallis Charitable Trust, and Kinder Morgan Foundation. Additionally, individual project categories were sponsored by Columbia Gas of Maryland, Wegmans, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, and Ziger/Snead LLP.

Maryland Humanities is a statewide, educational, nonprofit organization. Maryland Humanities creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities. For more information, visit Maryland Humanities is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, private foundations, corporations, small businesses, and individual donors.

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