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Date: April 2, 2003 (03-28)
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College to Host Maryland History Day 2003
April 26 Event at Rockville Campus Culminates Year-long Program
Involving Thousands of Middle and High School Students

Rockville, MD – Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus will host the 2003 Maryland History Day, the culminating event of a statewide history contest involving thousands of Maryland middle school and high school students, on Saturday, April 26.

Maryland History Day involves students in grades 6-12 from public, private, parochial, and home schools from 11 counties and all regions of the state. Under the program, students -- working individually or in groups -- research historical topics of their choice and create projects that reflect their findings and ideas. Project presentations can be made in a wide variety of formats, including traditional research papers, museum-type exhibits, dramatic performance, or multimedia documentaries. This year’s theme is “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”

Each student receives feedback from history and social studies professionals at school or district-level competitions. The best of these projects are showcased at the Maryland History Day. Finally, the top two entries in each category and division at state contests are eligible to represent Maryland at the National History Day contest, which will be held this year, in June, at the University of Maryland College Park.

Winning students receive prizes and recognition at the district, state, and national levels. Winners at the state contest receive medals, and some receive special cash prizes. On the national level, awards can be substantial. At the 2002 National History Day contest, Meghan Lyon, a student from Poolesville High School, won a $25,000 four-year scholarship to the Honors Humanities Program at the University of Maryland.

Maryland History Day is part of a year-long educational program to help schools invigorate history education in the secondary grades. Maryland History Day’s flexibility allows different schools and districts to incorporate the program into their curriculum. The event annually involves nearly 200 teachers from 68 schools throughout Maryland.

Some teachers offer History Day to an entire class or only to advanced placement students; some county school systems encourage all middle and high school students to participate.

Maryland History Day, which began in 1983 in Calvert County, expanded to a statewide program in 1997. Directed by the Maryland Humanities Council since 1999, it is the fastest growing social studies enrichment program in Maryland, involving nearly 7,000 students in 2002. Nationwide, more than 700,000 students and 40,000 teachers participate annually.

For more information, visit or contact Judy Dobbs at the Maryland Humanities Council, at (410) 771-0650, or via email: Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus is located at 51 Mannakee Street. The Maryland History Day celebration on Saturday, April 26 will be held in the  Theatre Arts Arena. For directions to Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus and a map of the campus itself, visit and click on “directories.”

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