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Students compete in History Day contest

More than 600 middle and high students, along with their parents and teachers, converged on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County April 28 to compete in the annual Maryland History Day contest. Two Carroll County students garnered special prizes for their History Day projects.

Erin Langille, a student at Mount Airy Middle School, received the Special Prize in the History of Science and Technology, sponsored by the UMBC Human Context of Science & Technology Program, for her individual exhibit, "The Discovery of Penicillin: How It Impacted the World and Opened the Door for the Development of Other Antibiotics."

Sykesville Middle School student Alyssa Milem received the Special Prize in Military History, sponsored by the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, for her junior paper, "The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Against Insurmountable Odds."

A program of the Maryland Humanities Council, Maryland History Day involves more than 18,000 students at the school level, representing 17 counties and Baltimore. Students spend months researching topics that address the National History Day theme and participate in school and county competitions to qualify for the state contest.

Students showcase their research in one of five formats - research papers, museum-type exhibits, performances, websites and multimedia documentaries - addressing the 2012 theme "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History."

First- and second-place winners from the state contest will represent Maryland at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest June 10-14 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

To view a complete list of students advancing to the national competition, special awards and teacher awards, visit http://www.mdhc.org.

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