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, held May 12 at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The topic of Joseph's exhibit was the Transcontinental Railroad. His 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 competition, which 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 the theme "Triumph and Tragedy in History." 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 16 Maryland counties and Baltimore city received special awards, designated for outstanding Maryland History Day projects that cover specific subjects.