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The Maryland Humanities Council recently announced that 15 outstanding Maryland middle and high school students who received national honors at the annual National History Day competition and three outstanding History Day teachers were recognized at sessions of the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates on Jan. 27.

Each of the students won awards at the 2013 Maryland History Day competition, sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, as well as honors at the National History Day contest, according to a press release. The national competition is held annually at the University of Maryland, College Park and involves more than 3,500 students from 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Guam, American Samoa and international schools in China, Korea and South Asia.

The following local students and teachers were honored Jan. 27:

• The Senior Group Exhibit, “The Battle of Antietam,” by students Christine Ims, Christiana Nisbet and Laura Osborne was selected for display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. They attended Huntingtown High School;

• Participants in the Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Institute: The Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute selects 15 student/teacher teams, chosen nationwide, to engage in a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II in the D.C. area each summer. Groups also travel to France to participate in a day of remembrance at the American Cemetery in Normandy. From Calvert County, Amie Sanner Dryer, Calvert High School teacher (also named the 2011 Patricia Behring High School Teacher of the Year), and student Hannah Aris participated.

Maryland History Day, coordinated since 1999 by the Maryland Humanities Council, is an engaging, yearlong educational program in which students showcase their research through interpretive papers, dramatic performances, historical exhibits, multimedia documentaries and websites, based upon an annual theme, the release states. The 2013 History Day theme was “Turning Points in History.” More than 19,000 middle and high school students from 17 counties and Baltimore City participate in the History Day program. Maryland History Day is open to Maryland public, private, parochial and homeschool students in grades 6 through 12.

The 2014 Maryland History Day state competition will take place Saturday, May 3, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and will involve more than 600 students and 150 judges from throughout the state. This year’s theme is “Rights and Responsibilities.” Support for Maryland History Day is provided by the State of Maryland through the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Maryland Humanities Council is a statewide, educational, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that uses the humanities to stimulate and promote informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders, the release states. For more information, go to www.mdhc.org.