Maryland History Teacher of the Year Honored at State House

Last Updated on Feb 2, 2018 at 1:34pm

On Monday, January 29, 2018, nineteen outstanding Maryland middle and high school history scholars received recognition from State Senators and Delegates for their awards or honors received at National History Day. In order to participate, students must place at Maryland History Day, a Maryland Humanities program, which was held in the Spring 2017. In addition, Gary Thompson, a teacher at Southern Middle School in Garrett County, was honored for being the Maryland History Day Teacher of the Year in 2017.

Maryland History Day is a year-long educational program with more than 27,000 middle and high school student participants that culminate 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 2018, students from 20 Maryland counties and Baltimore City compete at school, district, state, and national levels.

Maryland History Day, coordinated by Maryland Humanities since 1999, is open to public, private, parochial, and home school students in grades 6 through 12. This year’s Maryland History Day state competition will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The theme of this year’s competition is Conflict and Compromise in History.

National History Day involves more than 3,500 students from 50 states plus the District of Columbia, 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 10–14, 2018.

Maryland Delegate Beitzel with Gary Thompson, Maryland History Day Teacher of the Year
Pictured: Delegate Wendell Beitzel and Gary Thompson
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