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2015 National History Day Competition
For the past 5 days over 2,700 students from around the world have taken over the University of Maryland to compete in the National History Day competition. The week-long celebration brought close to 2,000 additional volunteers, parents, teachers, and community members to the campus. State and country flags, colors, and banners could be seen throughout the campus, team songs and chants could be heard, and state button trading took on a black-market of their own. Activities and events were hosted throughout the week kicking off with the opening ceremony at Cole Field House on Sunday June 14. An ice cream social and dance were held on Tuesday where the Texan’s were apparently a hit! Teachers attended workshops and trainings held by local historians, professors and NHD staff while students embarked on field trips to Mt. Vernon, the Smithsonian Museums and visits with local government officials. Wednesday night was National History Night at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Out of the 47 exhibits selected to represent each state, Montgomery County’s very own Ananya Iyer proudly displayed her exhibit on Margaret Thatcher. She was joined by her parents, staff from MCHS, Maryland Humanities Council, and Ben Cardin’s offce!
Of course it wasn’t all fun and games! Intense judging took place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning with each category hosting over 100 entries each. Judges deliberated tirelessly, some until midnight to crown a bronze, silver, and gold medalist from each category. And, on Thursday, June 18 the winners were crowned! Four of the eights entries from Montgomery County went into the final rounds of judging. While our students were unable to bring home a medal, Juliana Lu-Yang and Anna Barth from Montgomery Blair High School did win an Outstanding State Entry award with their documentary “From One’s and Zeroes to a Compiled World: The Legend of Grace Hopper” and Sara Romeyn of Bullis was recognized as a Patricia Behring “Teacher of the Year!”