Maryland Students Earn History Day Recognition

June 22, 2016

Sixty-Three Students Compete; Three Win National Awards

(College Park) –   Nearly 3,000 students representing schools from throughout the United States, surrounding territories, and countries around the world gathered at the University of Maryland, College Park from June 12–16 to compete in the 2016 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Competition. Maryland Humanities, the home of History Day in Maryland, is pleased to announce that at the culminating awards ceremony on June 16 three Maryland History Day students received top awards. Sixty-three exceptional students from Maryland participated in the competition.

Megan Lim of Accokeek Academy in Prince George’s County was honored with a silver medal in the Junior Individual Website category for her project “Alfred Russel Wallace: Eight Extraordinary Years in the Malay Archipelago.” Parker Nickels of Northern Middle School in Calvert County was honored with the bronze medal in the Junior Individual Exhibit category for his project “Brainstorm!  William James – Pioneer of the Mental Frontier.”  Brian Holt of Huntingtown High School in Calvert County was honored with the U.S. Constitution Award, sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration, for his senior individual website project, “The Iran-Contra Affair: Patriotism or Politics?” The full list of Maryland student and teacher honorees is below.

The National History Day program allows students to explore an annual theme through research using primary and secondary sources, and to create a final product to display their work. The 2016 competition encouraged students to contemplate “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History” and select a project in one of the following five categories: exhibit, performance, website, paper, or documentary. Maryland students competed in school and county competitions as well as the statewide contest Maryland History Day, which is coordinated by Maryland Humanities, before advancing to the national competition in College Park.

2016 NATIONAL HISTORY DAY HONOREES FROM MARYLAND

SILVER MEDALIST, SECOND PLACE
Student:               Megan Lim

Category:              Junior Individual Website

Topic:                    Alfred Russel Wallace: Eight Extraordinary Years in the Malay Archipelago

School:                 Accokeek Academy

County:                Prince George’s County

Teacher:              Arun Puracken

BRONZE MEDALIST, THIRD PLACE
Student:              Parker Nickels

Category:             Junior Individual Exhibit

Topic:                    Brainstorm!  William James – Pioneer of the Mental Frontier

School:                 Northern Middle School

County:                Calvert County

Teacher:              Carli Martus

OUTSTANDING STATE ENTRY AWARD – JUNIOR DIVISION

Students:              Christopher Pondoc, Jamie Roan, Sydney Robinson, Nikolas Struntz, Hannah Whang

Category:              Junior Group Website

Topic:                    Henrietta Lacks’s Immortal Cells: The Encounter, Exploration, and Exchange That Revolutionized Medicine

School:                 West Frederick Middle School

County:                Frederick County

Teacher:             Amy Howser

OUTSTANDING STATE ENTRY AWARD – SENIOR DIVISION

Student:              Matthew Blum

Category:            Senior Individual Documentary

Topic:                   Unveiling Decades of Deception: The Tobacco Industry’s Encounter with Congress

School:                 Howard High School

County:                Howard County

Teacher:              Mary Curtin

SPECIAL PRIZE – U.S. CONSTITUTION AWARD, sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration

Student:              Brian Holt

Category:            Senior Individual Website

Topic:                    The Iran-Contra Affair: Patriotism or Politics?

School:                 Huntingtown High School

County:                Calvert County

Teacher:              Jonathan Moreland

SELECTED TO DISPLAY PROJECT AT THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION’S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY
Student:               Barth Frankenberry

Category:             Senior Individual Exhibit

Topic:                    The Titanic: Sinking the Unsinkable

School:                 Allegany High School

County:                Allegany County

Teacher:               Kimberly Sloane

SELECTED TO REPRESENT MARYLAND AT NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES “BREAKFAST ON THE HILL”

Student:              Paris Smalley

Category:             Junior Individual Documentary
Topic:                   Walter Reed and the Exploration of Yellow Fever

School:                Walker Mill Middle School

County:                Prince George’s County

Teacher:              Jeffrey Lloyd

FINALISTS

Student:              Olivia Bartholomew

Category:            Senior Individual Website

Title:                    Encounters That Cured the World: Exploring Methods to Create the Polio Vaccine

School:                 Bullis School

County:                Montgomery County

Teacher:              Lisa Vardi

 

Students:              Ana Elhom, Julia Lowenthal

Category:              Senior Group Exhibit

Topic:                    AIDS: Encountering the Unknown

School:                 Bullis School

County:                Montgomery County

Teacher:             Patty Topliffe

 

Student:              Elsa Sellmeyer

Category:            Senior Paper

Title:                      ’I shall not keep in my bedroom several weeks bodies taken from graves’: Anatomical Exploration, Andreas Vesalius, and the Impact of De Humani Corporis Fabrica on the Trajectory of Medicine

School:                 Homeschool

County:                Montgomery County

Teacher:              Sarah Stecher

TEACHER AWARDS

PATRICIA BEHRING HIGH SCHOOL MARYLAND HISTORY DAY TEACHER OF THE YEAR: 

Kimberly Sloane, Allegany High School, Allegany County

PATRICIA BEHRING MIDDLE SCHOOL MARYLAND HISTORY DAY TEACHER OF THE YEAR: 

Christina Doepel, Greenbelt Middle School, Prince George’s County

The full list of Maryland honorees is also available online at https://www.mdhumanities.org/programs/maryland-history-day/national-history-day-winners/.

 

 Maryland Humanities is a statewide, educational nonprofit organization that 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 mdhumanities.org. Maryland Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards.

 

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