Joseph Loy, a 10th grade student at Francis Scott Key High School, won the Special Prize in Labor History, Senior Division, at Maryland History Day. The topic of Loy’s exhibit was the Transcontinental Railroad. Joseph’s teacher at FSK, Rebecca Bell, was recognized as the Maryland History Day District Teacher of the Year.

Nearly 700 middle and high school students gathered to present their extensive historical research at the 2019 Maryland History Day competition, which was held on May 12, 2019, at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). This is the culmination of a year-long program from Maryland Humanities. In 2019, more than 25,000 Maryland students participated at the school level.

Working solo or in small groups, students create original documentary films, exhibits, performances, research papers, or websites exploring a historical topic of their choice on an annual theme, which this year was “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” Maryland History Day sparks critical thinking and helps develop skills in research and analysis, writing, and public speaking. The program is open to public, private, parochial, and homeschool students in grades 6 through 12. 

Competitors at Maryland History Day already won first or second place in their category at school and district levels.  Students from sixteen Maryland counties and Baltimore City received special awards, designated for outstanding Maryland History Day projects that cover specific subjects. 




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