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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maine National History Day Winners Announced
Forty Students Eligible for National Finals
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and Maine Archivist Jim Henderson announced on Tuesday that forty Maine students have qualified to participate in the National History Day academic competition this June in Maryland. Qualifying students were selected at the state finals of Maine History Day on April 7 th in Augusta.
“Maine History Day is a unique event. It enables students to showcase their knowledge of history and gain recognition for going above and beyond traditional classroom assignments. This program brings out the best in Maine students, and I’m pleased that 40 are now eligible to represent our state at the National Finals,” Secretary Dunlap commented.
More than 100 students in grades 6-12 took part in the state finals. In addition to Dunlap and Henderson, students heard from Governor John E. Baldacci, who majored in history at the University of Maine. The speakers congratulated participants for their creativity, initiative and scholarship.
Prior to the state finals, participating students selected and explored a broad historical theme. They prepared papers, projects or presentations for the statewide competition. Those entries were then reviewed by panels of expert judges, with awards presented to the top three selections in 12 separate categories.
The first and second finishers in each category became eligible for the National Finals to be held June 11-15, 2006 at the University of Maryland. A complete list of Junior and Senior Division winners accompanies this press release. Cape Elizabeth Middle School in the Junior Division and Bonny Eagle High School in the Senior Division were recognized as overall school winners based on the combined total of their top finishers.
Maine National History Day is organized by the Maine State Archives and Office of the Secretary of State in cooperation with the National History Day program (www.nhd.org/), which engages approximately 700,000 students nationwide each year. Additional information about Maine’s National History Day competition is available at www.state.me.us/sos/arc/historyday/histhome.htm.
MAINE NATIONAL HISTORY DAY
Junior Group Documentary
Junior Individual Documentary
Junior Group Exhibit
Junior Historical Paper
Junior Group Performance
Junior Individual Performance
Senior Group Documentary
Senior Individual Documentary
Senior Group Exhibit
Senior Historical Paper
MAINE NATIONAL HISTORY DAY
|Junior Division--Cape Elizabeth Middle School
Senior Division--Bonny Eagle High School
Best Use of Primary Sources (Certificates from the National Archives, New England Regional Office):
Peter Brigham: Cape Elizabeth Middle School, Junior Individual Documentary,
Samuel Turner and Frank Walter: Brunswick Junior High School, Junior Exhibit,
|James Hanley: Bonny Eagle High School, Senior Historical Paper,
"Stephen Biko: Taking A Stand Against Apartheid In South Africa"
|Kathleen Wilber: Skowhegan Area High School, Senior Individual Documentary
"Declaration of a Conscience"
Relevance for Today Award ($50 cash, Maine State Archives):
|Eric Trumble: Bonny Eagle Middle School, Junior Historical Paper,
"The Struggle for The Protection of Free Speech: Taking a Stand Against
Book Banning and Burning"
James Hanley: Bonny Eagle High School, Senior Historical Paper,
Military History Award ($50 US Savings Bond, Maine Military History Museum):
|Christian Schneider: Brunswick Junior High School, Junior Individual Exhibit,
"Taking a Stand: The Seige of Masada"
Leam Swords: Chevrus High School, Senior Individual Exhibit, "The Battle of Salamis"
Maine Related Topic Award: (Maine history book from the Androscoggin Historical Society):
|Laureen Gowell and Mariel VanAtta: Bonny Eagle Middle School, Junior Group Exhibit,
"My Name is Samantha Smith"
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