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National History Day Winners Announced

Each year, National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme for 2020-2021 is “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” The Maryland History Day Contest, which will be virtual this year, will be held on May 1, 2021.


Fort Hill High School student, Maria Eckard's, exhibit, “The Culper Spy Ring: Masters of Discrete Communications”, took first place, and her entry will now go on to be judged at the state level.


Sadie Bennett of Mountain Ridge High School wrote a paper, “The Battle for Victory Through Gardens,” that took first place in the Essay category. Sadie will also advance to the state level.


Additional winners in the Exhibit Category were as follows:

  • Macie McKinley and Tanner WertzFort Hill High Schoo, 2nd place with the entry, “The First Telephone.”
  • Xavier Ashley, Fort Hill High School, 3rd place for the district with the exhibit, “Cell Phones & Social Media.”


The National History Day Program is open to middle and high school students across the United States.  ACPS holds a district contest each year in which students create projects to be judged at the district level. The top winner in each category advances to the state and national competitions. The National History Day Program is part of the required curriculum for all Honors U.S. History II students in ACPS. Students in other classes within ACPS may also participate in project-based learning.

Published 4/7/21