On the Scene at National History Day: Interviews and Tie Decisions
Monday was a big-Big-BIG day at National History Day for students in the Junior Division. Nearly 1300 middle school contestants competed for a slot in the final judging rounds, to be held Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
The morning started early for the Maryland delegation, with Will Bury from Plum Point Middle School in Calvert County, prepped for interviews with Fox DC Television and the Baltimore Sun. Before the interviews, Will had an important decision—what tie to wear. Will’s lucky red tie is adorned with dinosaurs and his exhibit, “Building a Better Chicken,” is about innovations of the Delmarva Chicken industry—you know some people believe chickens evolved from dinosaurs and might the judges see the dinosaur tie as a “costume,” prohibited by the National History Day rules? Will decided to take a risk and wear his lucky tie to the interviews. Lucky indeed, because his interviews went great!
Our Maryland students were terrific—confident about their projects and well-prepared to talk to the judges. A few highlights:
• Natalie Behrends’ performance, “Assembly Line Production in the 1950s,” included a series of quick costume changes (Eastern Middle School, Montgomery County)
• Katherine Snee, explained her group exhibit “Kodak on a Roll” (Piccowaxen Middle School, Charles County)
• Lauren Sheranko and Brenna Will performed of “Tale of a Telegraph,” costumed as a telegraph key and various historical personages, including Samuel Morse. (Southern Middle School, Calvert County)
• Muftiat Ogunsanya’s presented her documentary, “The Impact of X-Rays, CAT Scans and MRIs on Medical Diagnosis,” ( Murray Hill Middle School, Howard County)
As Monday closed, results in performance and documentary categories were posted. While no Maryland students were selected for the final judging round, each student represented Maryland well! It was a very good day!
John D. Willard V
Maryland History Day Outreach Coordinator
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