On January 28, Senate President Miller, House Speaker Busch, Lt. Governor Brown and the members of both houses of the Maryland General Assembly recognized Maryland’s 2012 National History Day Winners at the Maryland State House. Speaker Busch praised the students for “their impressive knowledge of history,” while Senator Miller lauded the tremendous work ethic demonstrated by these students in the production of their award winning projects. The staff of the Maryland Humanities Council and the entire educational community of Maryland are immensely proud of these accomplished students.
The History Day honorees were:
- Will Bury, a student at Huntingtown High School in Calvert County, for earning an Outstanding State Entry award for his exhibit on West Virginia mine wars, workers’ rights, and labor reform.
- Ethan Greist, of Allegany High School in Allegany County, for earning an Outstanding State Entry award for his website on the Model T.
- Alexander Herbets, a student at Bullis School in Montgomery County, for winning a National History Day special prize for Excellence in Federal Government history, for his website on the interstate highway system and the Capital Beltway.
- Aurora Quezada, of City Neighbors High School in Baltimore City, who was selected to display her exhibit about the Berlin Wall at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
- Ethan McComb, a student at Huntingtown High School in Calvert County, for winning the Salute to Freedom award for his exhibit about African Americans and civil rights during World War II. Ethan represented Maryland earlier this month at the grand opening of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
- Cecilia Hsu, a student at Centennial High School in Howard County, for earning a place at the National History Day finals with her paper about the Industrial Revolution and the democratization of music.
- Rebecca Levy and Evelien Liu, students at Eastern Middle School in Montgomery County, for earning a place at the National History Day finals for their website on the atomic bomb.
- Sarallah Salehi, a graduate of Centennial High School in Howard County, for winning a scholarship to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he is now a student, for his website on the Haitian Revolution.
The following outstanding teachers were also honored:
- Curtis George, from Matapeake Middle School in Queen Anne’s County, for receiving the Patricia Behring Middle School History Day Teacher of the Year award.
- Michele Bingham, from La Plata High School in Charles County, for receiving the Patricia Behring High School History Day Teacher of the Year award. Ms. Bingham is not able to be with us tonight.
For more information about Maryland History Day sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, go to: http://www.mdhc.org/programs/maryland-history-day/