State Senators and Delegates Honor Maryland History Students at State House

February 9, 2024

Maryland Humanities Reaches 25th Year as State Affiliate of National Program

A group of 11 middle and high school students, and one teacher, standing on the steps of the Maryland State House at the Maryland State House in Annapolis.(Baltimore, MD) – Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, and Montgomery County all boasted students who received commendations from State Senators and Delegates at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. The 16 middle and high school students were acknowledged on February 5 for awards or honors they received at the 2023 National History Day competition.

Teachers Diane Kresslein of Carroll County and Tom Stavely of Prince George’s County were also recognized for being named the Maryland History Day Middle and High School Teachers of the Year, respectively. Kresslein serves as Advanced Academics Teacher at North Carroll Middle School and Westminster East School. Teaching Social Studies at Parkdale High School, Stavely also works as Teacher Coordinator there.

Maryland History Day is a year-long educational program where students create original documentary films, exhibits, performances, research papers, or websites exploring a historical topic of their choice on an annual theme. The program culminates in a statewide history contest. The program has more than 27,000 students, who work individually or in small groups: public, private, parochial, and homeschool students are welcome to participate. Maryland Humanities has coordinated Maryland History Day since 1999.

Advancers to the National History Day Contest typically have won first or second place at the Maryland History Day State Contest. This year’s contest takes place on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  The theme of the competition is Turning Points in History.

The 2024 National History Contest occurs June 9–13 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The national competition involves more than 3,000 students from 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia.

Learn about the students and teachers honored.

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