Sample Projects

We are very proud of the many projects produced by our outstanding Maryland students. Here are just a few samples of winning projects from our state. There are many ways to create a great History Day project, but always keep in mind the criteria used by judges.

  • Paper Category
    Eric Keen
    Homeschool, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Christine Keen

    Eric’s paper, “Feeding the World: The Haber-Bosch Process,” won second place in the Senior Paper category at the 2010 Maryland History Day state competition and advanced to National History Day, where Eric won a bronze medal.

    READ ERIC’S PAPER (PDF)

    Claire Wayner
    Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore City
    Teacher: Dr. Maureen O’Neill

    Claire’s paper, “Wings of Change: How One Man’s Artwork Inspired America’s Most Influential Conservation Organization,” won second place in the Senior Paper category at the 2015 Maryland History Day state competition and advanced to National History Day.

    READ CLAIRE’S PAPER (PDF)

  • Exhibit Category
    Ethan McComb

    Ethan McComb
    Plum Point Middle School, Calvert County
    Teacher: Merry Ellen Fallica

    Ethan’s exhibit, “The Marshall Plan: America’s Soft Power Diplomacy Saves Europe from Economic and Political Chaos Following World War II,” won first place in the Junior Individual Exhibit category at the 2011 Maryland History Day state competition and advanced to National History Day, where Ethan took home the first-ever gold medal for Maryland.

    Process Paper and Bibliography

    Ana Elhom and Julia LowenthalSGE - Second Place - Ana Elhom, Julia Lowenthal
    Bullis School, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Patricia Topliffe

    Ana and Julia’s exhibit, “AIDS: Encountering the Unknown,” won second place in the Senior Group Exhibit category at the 2016 Maryland History Day state competition and advanced to National History Day, where Ana and Julia were finalists in their category.

    PROCESS PAPER AND BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Documentary Category
    Demetri Cendo and Ethan Greist
    Allegany High School, Allegany County
    Teacher: Kimberly Sloane

    Demetri and Ethan’s documentary, “Nuremberg: The Modern Foundation of Human Rights,” won first place in the Senior Group Documentary category at the 2014 Maryland History Day state competition and advanced to National History Day, where Demetri and Ethan took first place, as well as a $5,000 cash prize sponsored by History®.

    Hunter Avallone, Joseph Harvey, Abby McGovern, and Carrie Pritt
    Frederick Homeschoolers, Frederick County
    Teacher: Christine Pritt

    Hunter, Joseph, Abby, and Christine’s documentary, “Mr. President, I Have Blood on my Hands: The Leadership and Legacy of Robert Oppenheimer,” won first place in the Senior Group Documentary category at the 2015 Maryland History Day state competition and advanced to National History Day, where they were finalists.

  • Performance Category
    Joanna Guy
    Southern Garrett High School, Garrett County
    Teacher: David Bender

    Joanna Guy’s performance, “Militant Quaker: Alice Paul and the Final Campaign for Women’s Suffrage,” won first place in the Senior Individual Performance category at the 2009 Maryland History Day state competition and advanced to National History Day. The performance was also featured at the Maryland Humanities Council’s 2009 summer Chautauqua at Garrett College.

    Megha Sharma
    Mayfield Woods Middle School, Howard County
    Teachers: James McVey, Charla Phillips, and Tim Grafton

    Megha’s performance, “Children at Work: The Government’s Neglect of Children’s Rights During Baltimore’s Industrial Revolution” won first place in the Junior Individual Performance category at the 2014 Maryland History Day state competition and was a finalist at National History Day. The performance was also featured at the National Endowment for the Humanities’ annual “Breakfast on the Hill.”

  • Website Category
    Christopher Crunkleton
    Northern Middle School, Calvert County
    Teacher: Carli Griffin

    Christopher Crunkleton’s website, “The Interstate Highway System: Impact on Economies and Americans’ Quality of Life,” won first place in the Junior Individual Website category at the 2010 Maryland History Day state competition and was a finalist at the National History Day contest.

    Camila Uechi
    Bullis School, Montgomery County
    Teacher: Sara Romeyn

    Camila’s website, “The Bay of Pigs: A Diplomatic Turning Point” won first place in the Senior Individual Website category at the 2011 Maryland History Day state competition, as well as the Barry A. Lanman Award for Oral History. The project advanced to National History Day where Camila won a scholarship to Chaminade University in Honolulu at the National History Day competition for her work.

Additional samples can be found on the National History Day website.

  • “[My son] became a real expert in his topic and, he says, developed a life-long love of history, especially the history of music. I cannot thank you enough for this rare and incredible opportunity.”

    Andrea LeWinter, parent of Maryland History Day participant
  • “[The students] learned a variety of ways to present their material and they could focus on what they wanted to learn about. The students had a choice in their learning. It was about their learning NOT what someone else felt they need to learn.”

    ​Maryland History Day teacher
  • “Maryland History Day challenged my daughter to go deeper, deeper in research analysis and presentation. It took her to a whole new level academically.”

    ​Maryland History Day parent
  • “The part of History Day that had the most impact on me was seeing all the other entries and entry categories. It was really inspiring to see so many different people of history honored for their leadership and legacy as that was this years theme. You forget that the whole world has a history and there are so many different people and leaders who make up that history. The fact that this day brings together all of us students, our imaginations, our creativity, research skills, and history really reminds you how much of us would be lost if we didn’t remember those who made an impact.”

    ​Maryland History Day student participant
  • “The researching and communicating skills have made me a more confident person in all academic endeavors. These are skills that will last me a lifetime.”

    ​Maryland History Day student participant
  • “I think the continual process of improving her research and presentation through the various levels of competition has been incredibly valuable. It has caused her to dig deeper in her research and build upon and refine her work and presentation.”

    ​Maryland History Day parent
  • “My students became more competent researchers, and took ownership of their work. They had total free reign to choose their topic, direct their research, and create their final project.”

    ​Maryland History Day 2015 Teacher
  • “It provided an opportunity for my child to learn through experiential opportunities. He had interviews and tours that were relevant to his topic that helped the history come alive and create unforgettable memories.”

    Maryland History Day 2015 Parent
  • “The thing that had the most impact were the skills that I got from this project. I developed better hunting skills in terms of looking for reliable sources and I also learned to work hard and not procrastinate to achieve something great.”

    Maryland History Day student participant
  • “MHD illustrated the applicability of the study of history to contemporary issues and current events. It was very motivating to converse with the students about their historical topic and observe how they applied it to current events and their own life circumstances.”

    ​Maryland History Day parent
  • “I had never done anything like this before so it was a totally new experience to write a paper, be interviewed, and defend my positions. I now really know how to do research and it has improved my writing skills.”

    ​Maryland History Day student
  • I’ve loved judging! It’s exciting to see the passion the middle schoolers have put in their projects. I hope that my critiques have helped strive for excellence throughout their lives.

    Dee Krasnansky, Maryland History Day Judge
  • “By using a variety of sources, I was able to get angles on my topic that I wasn’t able to before. Also, I learned so much about a topic near and dear to my heart that will enrich my learning later in life.”

    Maryland History Day 2015 Student
  • “I had never done anything like this before so it was a totally new experience to write a paper, be interviewed, and defend my positions. I now really know how to do research and it has improved my writing skills.”

    ​Maryland History Day 2015 Student
  • “The students are now far more prepared for the high level of scholarship and achievement that will be expected of them in future years. MHD also elevated many other skills too. These include public speaking, the use of technology, learning to collaborate.”

    ​Maryland History Day teacher
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