Students in grades 6-12 participated in the Carroll County History Day competition from March 6 through 12, 2021. This is part of National History Day, a nationwide program held annually that involves more than half a million students. The program provides an excellent opportunity to develop primary and secondary research skills.

Students choose a historical topic related to that year’s specific theme, which is "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding." Students have the chance to explore how the methods and modes of communication have changed over time, and how they have shaped the present. They develop a thesis and a thorough analysis of sources and draw conclusions about the significance of their selected topic. Presentations may take the form of a paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, or website.

Projects in the local competition were judged by teachers, librarians, and Carroll County officials. The top 2 winners in each category may enter their project in the Maryland History Day competition to be held in May.


Junior Paper
Amelia Neuheisel, Shiloh Middle School
Overnight Communication: Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride

Junior Individual Website
Natalie Castonguay, West Middle School
Union Mills Homestead Rural Free Delivery

Junior Group Website
Ethan Lin and Aryan Shrestha, West Middle School
The Lonnie Zamora Incident

Junior Group Exhibit
Emily and Benjamin Wernick, Northwest Middle School
A Mistake That Ended in 23,000 Casualties

Junior Individual Documentary
Zachary Rice, Shiloh Middle School
A Blitz of Communication

Junior Group Documentary
Isla Hadden, Emma Maben, and Olivia Watts, North Carroll Middle School
History of Morse Code

Senior Paper
Joey Rumbaugh, Manchester Valley High School
Navajo Code Talkers

Senior Individual Documentary
Sumaiya Rahaman, Westminster High School
Tiananmen Square Massacre: Censorship of Communications


Junior Individual Website
Sanjiv Ramsingh, Mt. Airy Middle School
Alexander Graham Bell

Junior Group Exhibit
Collin Turzak, Lucas Pankhurst, and Taryn Runshaw, Northwest Middle School
The Rosetta Stone

Junior Individual Documentary
Riley Spencer, Mt. Airy Middle School
Cavalry and Communication



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