From Annapolis to New Orleans, Maryland History Day Participants Honored

On Monday, January 28, nine students and two teachers were honored at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis for their accomplishments at National History Day 2012. These outstanding middle and high school students from across the state, as well as Teachers of the Year Curtis George of Matapeake Middle School in Queen Anne’s County and Michele Bingham of La Plata High School in Charles County, received resolutions in the House of Delegates and in the Senate.

Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr.—a longtime History Day supporter—spoke to the group as they were honored in the Senate; Delegate David Rudolph and House Speaker Michael Busch addressed them in the House of Delegates. The group also met with Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown prior to the session, and some students had the opportunity to interact with their individual elected officials. The Maryland Humanities Council is proud to coordinate this annual tradition in the State House. (Pictured L to R: Delegate David Rudolph, History Day students, teacher Curtis George from Queen Anne’s County, House Speaker Michael Busch, and MHC Executive Director Phoebe Stein Davis.)

Ethan (left) with a WWII Veteran. Photo courtesy of the National WWII Museum.

Ethan (left) with a WWII Veteran. Photo courtesy of the National WWII Museum.

Ethan McComb of Calvert County was one of the nine students celebrated in Annapolis. Ethan’s Junior Individual Exhibit at National History Day 2012 focused on civil rights during WWII. He won the Salute to Freedom prize, which took him to New Orleans in January. He represented Maryland at the grand opening of the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at the National World War II Museum, along with middle and high school students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each of the students researched ways their state contributed to the war effort, and their work is now published on the Salute to Freedom website.

  • Click here to access Ethan’s Salute to Freedom page about the U.S. Naval Academy.

After his trip to New Orleans, Ethan said, “The museum was a captivating and informative display of the events and people of World War II.  During the opening ceremony at the U.S. Freedom Pavilion, I had the honor of escorting a World War II veteran to his seat.  After the ceremony, I continued to talk to the veteran I escorted, as well as others and heard their stories and lessons from the war.  I also had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Roscoe Brown, a Tuskegee airman who was part of my NHD project.  The experience taught me a great deal about World War II and the men that fought in it.  I am extremely grateful for this opportunity; it is one I will never forget.”


The 2013 Maryland History Day State Contest will take place on April 27 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. If you are interested in volunteering as a Maryland History Day Judge, click here to learn more.


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