Chas. Co. Students, Teacher Earn State History Day Awards

LA PLATA, Md. (May 5, 2011) — Three Charles County Public Schools students advance to the National History Day Contest in June as second-place winners at the state level competition, held April 30 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Salma Ansari, eighth-grade student at Mattawoman Middle School, and Suha Ansari, seventh grader at Mattawoman, won second place in the junior group exhibit category for their project titled, “The Pledge of Allegiance: Over or Under God?”

Ryan Burton, an eighth grader at Milton M. Somers Middle School, earned second place in the junior individual documentary category for his project titled, “The Color of America: Debating Racial Classification in the U.S. Census.”

These students will participate in the National History Day contest, scheduled for June 12-16 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Additionally, three other county students received special awards. Piccowaxen Middle School seventh grader Katelyn Clark received the Financial History Award for her project titled, “Oyster Wars.”

Matthew Kamin and John Snee, eighth graders at Piccowaxen Middle School, received the Military History Award for their project titled, “Lee and Longstreet: Pickett’s Charge.”

La Plata High School sophomore Andre Burton received the Peace Study Center Prize for his project titled, “Bloody Sunday: Debate of Innocence.”

Kristen Barrett, a social studies teacher at Somers, was also named the 2011 History Day Teacher of the Year for Charles County. More than 25 other CCPS students competed in the state event after receiving a first- or second-place award at the county level.

Source: Charles County Public School System

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