Hundreds of middle- and high-school students from across Maryland met on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, to present their history projects to judges on May 2 as part of the state’s 15th annual History Day. Out of about 680 participating students, 68 were selected to advance and present their projects at the National History Day Contest in June.
Brian Holt of Northern Middle School in Owings, Md., whose project entitled “Japanese Internment: Democracy or Discrimination” won first place at last year’s History Day in the Junior Division for the Website category. His project also won the Special Prize for Asian-American History. His teacher was Devin Page.
The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day competition will be conducted June 14–18 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The theme this year is “Leadership and Legacy.” The 68 Maryland students who will participate will be representing 36 individual and group projects in the Junior and Senior divisions.
Categories of competition included research papers, exhibits, performances, websites, and documentaries. In addition to winners in Junior and Senior divisions for each category, 41 special awards were handed out in each division.
Three teachers also received special recognition: RaeLynne Snyder, social studies specialist with the Baltimore City Public Schools, received the Educator of Distinction Award; the Patricia Behring Middle School Teacher of the Year for Maryland was awarded to Leah Olsen of Stephen Decatur Middle School in Worcester County; and Sara Romeyn of Bullis School in Montgomery County received the Patricia Behring High School History Day Teacher of the Year for Maryland.
Project titles included “The Legacy of the Baltimore Fire: The Mayor’s Leadership 1904,” “Woody Guthrie: How His Protest Music Helped Change History,” and hundreds of others, including:
- Evita: Opening New Horizons for Women, Workers and Impoverished Argentina
- Marie Curie: The Mother of Radioactivity
- George Eastman: Establishing the Camera as the American Documenter
- Frances Perkins: The Mother of Social Security
- Smallpox Eradication: The End of a Disease and the Beginning of a New Era in Public Health
- Harriet Tubman: Conducting the Fight for Freedom in Maryland
- Alan Turing: The Things No One Could Imagine
- Madame C.J. Walker: The First Self-Made Female Millionaire