Local educators and students were recently recognized during Maryland History Day held April 30 at University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Northern Middle School teacher Devin Page was selected as the Maryland History Day Middle School Teacher of the Year.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” said Page, who teaches social studies. “Knowing how many teachers there are in the state and how many phenomenal teachers at Calvert County Public Schools that I respect and highly admire. Knowing the arc that Maryland History Day has taken over my own career, I am truly humbled.”
Honorees are nominated for the 10,000 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award, which is facilitated by National History Day, which is a Maryland Humanities program.
“Any accommodation, support, or advice he could provide was given without second thought, and his selflessness is reflected in the projects of all those from Northern Middle,” said one of Page’s students, who experienced a family emergency during the process. “Aside from bettering me as a student historian, he was there to listen and make the emotional toll of my situation weigh a whole lot less.”
A committee of teachers and historians will select one middle school teacher and one high school teacher for the $10,000 national award, which will be announced June 18 during the virtual National History Day awards ceremony.
Heather Beaton of General Smallwood Middle School was named the Maryland History Day District Teacher of the Year for Charles County while Leif Liberg of St. Mary’s Ryken High School was named the St. Mary’s County Maryland History Day District Teacher of the Year.
Seth Hilton and Will Walton of Huntingtown High School took second place in the Senior Group Website for their project on The Cuban Missile Crisis. The pair will advance to National History Day.
Zara Ahmad of Northern Middle School was awarded the Barry A. Lanman Award for Excellence in Oral History for her paper titled “The Politics and Debate of the Partition of India and the Modern Day Repercussions.”
Danica Mehl of Mill Creek Middle School received the Award for Excellence in Legal & Constitutional History in the Junior Division for “The 13th Amendment: Negotiating Freedom.”
Plum Point Middle School Carlo Riano received the Excellence in Labor History’s Junior Division for “Cesar Chavez and United Farm Workers.”
Samuel Richardson of Northern Middle School received the Excellence in the Study of Peace and Non-violence’s Junior Division for his paper “The European Coal and Steel Community — How the European Union Began, and the Benefits of Diplomacy.”
The St. Mary’s Bryantown team of Gabriella Frye and Victoria Thomas took home the Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. Award for Excellence in Government History’s Junior Division for their website on the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.
For more information, go to www.mdhumanities.org.