Kudos to our great 2009 Maryland History Day winners!
This week, eight Maryland students who won recognition at Maryland History Day 2009 garnered more congratulations and awards. Students Ryan Burton, Faith Chung, Alanna Natanson, Christopher Perdue, Nathan Rehr, and Lauren White, along with instructor Terri O’Connell, Maryland History Day Teacher of the Year, received citations for their achievements from both the House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate at the January 25, 2010 session.
Students Monica Gerber and Sarah Greenwell presented their exhibit, “Lewis Hine: The Photographer of Child Labor,” at a Congressional breakfast briefing sponsored by National History Day at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC Tuesday, January 26.
They were thrilled to meet representatives from the offices of Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Chris Van Hollen, and they were excited to show off their History Day project to distinguished representatives from Congressional offices, the History Channel, and National Park Service.
Being praised by Senate President Mike Miller for their excellent work, shaking hands and being photographed with Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, and being lauded by their parents and teachers are heady stuff for these Maryland History Day students.
However, the awards and adulation are not what motivates these students. Their intellectual curiosity is the true motivator. They are excited to find out why something happened and who was involved.
The sense of wonder and joy of exploration that Maryland History Day students exhibit is the underpinning of education. As adults, we too often forget the pleasure of learning new things and of finding out something just because we want to know.
Please join us and participate in Maryland History Day. You can sign up to be a program judge or volunteer. This year’s contest will be held Saturday, April 24, 2010 at UMBC. To register to be a Maryland History Day judge, go to http://nhd.org/register or contact Judy Dobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mrs. Dobbs can also assist with Maryland History Day volunteer opportunities.