State Senators and Delegates recognized 17 outstanding Maryland middle and high school history scholars at the Maryland State House in Annapolis on January 27, 2020. The students were acknowledged for awards or honors they received at the 2019 National History Day competition. In order to participate at the national level, students must place first or second at Maryland History Day, a program of Maryland Humanities. Shelby Williams and Stephen Smith were also recognized for being named the Maryland History Day Middle and High School Teachers of the Year, respectively. Williams teaches at Lockerman Middle School in Caroline County, while Smith teaches at Washington High School in Somerset County.
Maryland History Day is a year-long educational program with more than 25,000 middle and high school student participants that culminates in a statewide history contest. Working solo or in small groups, students create original documentary films, exhibits, performances, research papers, or websites exploring a historical topic of their choice on an annual theme. In 2020, students from all of Maryland’s 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City will compete at school, district, state, and national levels.
Maryland History Day, coordinated by Maryland Humanities since 1999, is open to public, private, parochial, and homeschool students in grades 6 through 12. This year’s Maryland History Day state competition will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The theme of the competition is Breaking Barriers.
The annual National History Day 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. The competition occurs at the University of Maryland, College Park annually: this year’s dates are June 14–18, 2020. Support for Maryland History Day is provided by the State of Maryland through the Maryland State Department of Education, Thalheimer-Eurich Charitable Fund, Old Line Bank, Columbia Gas of Maryland, Venable Foundation, and Wegmans.
About Maryland Humanities
Maryland Humanities is a statewide 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 www.mdhumanities.org. Maryland Humanities is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, private foundations, corporations, small businesses, and individual donors.
About National History Day
National History Day is a non-profit education organization headquartered in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD promotes an appreciation for historical research among middle and high school students through multiple annual programs. More than half a million students participate in the annual National History Day Contest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD provides professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators of all levels. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit www.nhd.org.
HONOREES (BY COUNTY): Please note that schools listed are those that students attended during the 2018–19 school year.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY:
Charlotte Moss*, Glen Burnie High School
Katherine Giroux, The Bryn Mawr School
Anna Ims, Plum Point Middle School
Ashleigh Lourcey, Plum Point Middle School
Zari Archer, Plum Point Middle School
Shelby Williams, Lockerman Middle School — Maryland History Day Middle School Teacher of the Year 2019
Levi Peterson*, Frederick Homeschooler
Addie Skillman, Elkridge Landing Middle School
Hannah Chan, River Hill High School
Phoebe Chan, River Hill High School
Serena Goyal, Lime Kiln Middle School
Ellie Hasegawa, Lime Kiln Middle School
Joseph Heitzmann, River Hill High School
Joey Huang, Winston Churchill High School
Aidan Goldenberg-Hart, Richard Montgomery High School
Daniel Greigg, Montgomery Blair High School
Eli Protas, Richard Montgomery High School
Charles Shi, Montgomery Blair High School
Stephen Smith, Washington High School — Maryland History Day High School Teacher of the Year 2019
- – honored in absentia