County students, teacher earn state History Day awards

County students, teacher earn state History Day awards

Four Charles County Public Schools students received special awards, and a Westlake High School teacher was named the Maryland High School History Day Teacher of the Year, at the Maryland History Day competition held May 3 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Two students received the Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. Award for Excellence in Government History. Aidan Fleming, a sixth grader at John Hanson Middle School, received the award for his project titled, “Northern Ireland: The Troubles.” La Plata High School junior Ryan Burton also received the award for his project titled, “The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission: Covert Operations Against Civil Rights.”

Cheyenne Scott, a sophomore at North Point High School, received The George Washington Leadership Prize sponsored by George Washington’s Mount Vernon for her project titled, “The Culper Ring: Not Just and Engagement Between Men and Women, But Against the Common Enemy.”

Craig Storm,  a sixth grader at Mattawoman Middle School, received the Special Prize in Democracy award for his project titled, “The Evolution of Two Democracies: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens in Classical Athens and Modern America.”

Additionally, Mark Howell, a social studies teacher at Westlake and History Day coordinator, was chosen to represent Maryland at the National History Day event as the Patricia Behring Maryland High School History Day Teacher of the Year. The national event is scheduled for June 15-19 at the University of Maryland College Park.

More than 30 other CCPS students competed in the state event after receiving a first- or second-place award at the county level. For more information on History Day activities, visit

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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