History comes to life during annual compeition

Every year, Howard County Public Schools host a History Day competition. Projects are completed by individuals or groups of students at the school level and some are chosen to advance to the county competition. This year, 282 students from across the county in middle and high school had projects submitted for the county contest with the theme of "Conflict and Compromise in History."

Entries were submitted in five categories: exhibit, performance, multimedia documentary, research paper and website. There were several winners from our local schools that deserve congratulations.


The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County sponsored the African American Experience Award and Reservoir students Eniola Ayo-Gbenjo and Nyla Harding won for their senior project, "The Conflict and Compromise of Curls and Coils."

PFLAG of Howard County sponsored the LBGT Experience Award won by Olivia Davis from Patuxent Valley Middle School for "The Stonewall Riots."

Yari Armand, Trivikram Battalapalli and David Inko-Tariah from Reservoir High School took first place in the Senior Group Websites category with "The Biafran War: A Conflict of the Ages."

Esha Gupta and Helen Fleming, also of Reservoir High School were awarded second place in the same category for "Conflict Over Water: The Colorado River Compact." The Junior Group Exhibits second place winners Faith Comising, Benjamin Lee and Michelle Rhee of Lime Kiln Middle School presented "MacArthur vs. Truman: Preventing a Third World War."

Aiai Calmer, Katelyn Herberholz and Oriel Ockerman's project, "Mother" to Miners, "Hellraiser" and Compromiser: Mary Harris Jones" took first place in the Junior Group Documentaries category, also representing Lime Kiln Middle School. A Junior Individual Website created by Murray Hill Middle School student Emma Moser titled "The One-Child Policy in China" took second place.

Patuxent Middle School students won in several categories. Jenna Kreh and Ella Reinders took second place, also in the Junior Documentaries Category with "Compromising for Conflict: The Three-Fifths Compromise." Hannah Haber was a second place winner in Junior Individual Performances for her work titled "Pauline Cushman: Becoming a "Traitor" to Unite a Country in Conflict." Haania Ahmed, Lydia Jensen, Casey Moquin, Ramin Patwary and Shifa Shaikh took first place in the Junior Group Performances category with "Sir Wyatt's Rebellion." A second place winner with "Arab-Israeli Conflict: Raging Wars, Unsuccessful Compromises and the Rise of International Terrorism" was Noah Hoffman.

The top two entries in each category from the Howard County regional contest advance to the state contest on April 28 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The National History Day competition will be held June 10 through the 14, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Spring means yard sales and you are sure to find a good deal at the eighth annual Community Center Yard Sale sponsored by the North Laurel Community Center and Girl Scout Troop 4513. It will be held at the North Laurel Community Center on Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Plan to shop or gather your treasures from the basement or garage and come ready to sell. Spaces are available on a first – come, first – served basis and must be reserved at least one week prior to the sale. Sellers must provide their own table. If you plan to sell you must register by going to eventbrite.com.

Many talented ice skaters are preparing to display their artistry in "The Little Mermaid on Ice" at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel. You can buy tickets to see skaters who range from beginner to nationally-ranked at search.seatyourself.biz. Shows will be Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15. General admission tickets will also be sold at the door for $12. Skaters from North Laurel include Karin, Virginia and Jasmine Henderson, Tabitha and Nina Dickson, Samantha Yannacci, Lauren Essmen and Isabella and Sam Devroye.

Summer is just around the corner and it's time to think about how you can help your children advance their skills and have fun. Hammond High School Booster Camps are open for registration and will cost $125. Go to hammondboosters.org to find just the right camp for your pre-teen and teenager. New this year, camps are open to rising fourth graders up to rising ninth graders. Options for camps include baseball, soccer, volleyball, cheerleading, football, band and strings.

Summer camps are also available through Reservoir High School Boosters. Go to rhsboosters.com to learn more. Offerings for or kindergartners through fourth graders include soccer, field hockey, softball, baseball and lacrosse. An All Sports Camp is also available.