Nearly 600 middle and high school students submitted projects online to present their extensive historical research at the 2020 Maryland History Day competition. The competition, usually held in person, is the culmination of a year-long program from Maryland Humanities. Due to COVID-19, Maryland Humanities converted the contest to a digital format this year, with project evaluation across five categories taking place over four weeks. In 2020, more than 25,000 Maryland students participated at the school level.
Maryland History Day, coordinated by Maryland Humanities since 1999, is open to public, private, parochial, and home school students in grades 6 through 12. Working solo or in small groups, students created original documentary films, exhibits, performances, research papers, or websites exploring a historical topic of their choice on an annual theme, which this year was “Breaking Barriers in History.”
Garrett County awards included:
Laura Huelskamp, 8th grade student at Northern Middle School. She was awarded first place in the Junior Individual Exhibits with her topic “Aren't Lights Grand?": Breaking Barriers in History with Rural Electrification. With her first place finish, she qualifies for the National History Day competition, with 3,000 participants from across the country and beyond. National History Day has also converted its contest to a digital one to be held in June 2020.
Benjamin Nazelrod, 7th grade, and Michael Nazelrod, 8th grade, are both Southern Middle School students. They worked together and were special prize winners of the Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement and Action, Junior Division, sponsored by Maryland Council for Social Studies. Their project was entitled “Overcoming Apartheid”.
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Maryland History Day is an affiliate of National History Day and a year-long educational program of Maryland Humanities. More than 25,000 middle and high school students create original projects that explore a historical topic of their choice on an annual theme. For more information, visit www.mdhistoryday.org