COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Twelve high school and junior high students won prizes of up to $1,000 Saturday in National History Day competitions that drew entries from 150,000 students.
The tenth annual National History Day, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and a number of corporations and private contributors, brought more than 1,600 students who were statewide winners to compete at the University of Maryland.
The theme this year was the family and community in history.
Some of the projects contrasted physical models of what the students' home communities were like 100 years ago and what they are like now. Others focused on the students' own communities, or on their religious or family heritage.
Hrant Jamgochian, a sixth grader from Washington, D.C., interviewed members of his church, all of Armenian descent. They told how many relatives they had lost in the 1915 massacre of Armenians and Jamgochian recorded their recollections.
Other students did original research from local archives on their community, or used other primary source material.
First prizes of $1,000, and the categories in which they were awarded:
Historical paper: Lori Bowell, 12th grade, West Milford Township High School, West Milford, N.J.; Ben deRubertis, 8th grade, Cashmere Middle School, Cashmere, Wash. Media presentation: Angie Roop, 9th grade, Billings R4, Billings, Mo.; Denise Skeels, 8th grade, Westlake Jr. High, Broomfield, Colo.
Individual Performance: Avis Johnson, 12th grade, Junction City High School, Junction City, Kansas; Jordan Schildcrout, 8th grade, Hayes Jr. High, Youngstown, Ohio. Group Performance: Ruth Diener, Kenneth Norris, Jacqueline Edelberg, Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio; James Clifton, Jeff Turner, William Warrior, Aaron White, Greenwood Jr. High, Greenwood, Ark.
Individual Project: Todd Hicks, Marietta Public Schools, Marietta, Okla; Victor Cleary, Adena Jr. High, Clarksburg, Ohio. Group Project: Thomas Murray, David Edmunds, Joshua Kaver, Manoli Manuelidis, Peter Schmalz, Wilbur Cross High, New Haven, Conn.; Douglas Richmond, LeAnn Richmond, Greenville RII High School, Greenville, Mo.
Second and third prizes and the categories in which they were awarded, senior and junior divisions:
Historical paper: Meg Zastrow, 11th grade, White Bear Lake Area High School, South Campus, White Bear Lake, Minn.; Julia Fuller, 11th grade, Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio. Junior: Jesus Rubio, 8th grade, Naco Junior High, Naco, Ariz.; Allison Kay Myers, 7th grade, Nevada Middle School, Nevada, Mo.
Media presentation: Sally Ross, Frank Ferree, Ricardo Solis, Gerardo Zavala, Mercedes High School, Mercedes, Texas; Michael Dinsmore, Ben Agronick, Amy Kushner, Heather Smith, Kathy Galek, Winman Junior High School, Warwick, R.I. Junior: Tonia Gain, Whitney LaGrange, Angela Robertson, Reyna Martinez, Lamar Junior High Shool, McAllen, Texas; Jodi Schwartz, Woodmere Middle School, Woodmere, N.Y.
Individual performance: Shelly Pearsall, 11th grade, Valley Forge, Parma Heights, Ohio; Troy Snelling, 12th grade, Excelsior Springs West, Excelsior, Mo. Junior: April Adams, Rabout Junior High, Washington, D.C.; Sarah Ard, 7th grade, Harding Middle School, Steubenville, Ohio.
Group Performance: Laurie Johnson, Patricia Meade, Marc Miller, Brian Ritzel, Carbondale Community High, Carbondale, Ill.; Marc Hirschfield, Mindy Hirschfield, Steve T. LaGreca, Tina Magalios, Ursula Skolnik, Plainedge High School, North Massapequa, N.Y. Junior: Marshall Elementary, Marshall, N.C.; Callie Parrott, Christ Collins, Lewis Central Middle School, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Indiviudal project: Sean Reidy, 11th grade, Central Catholic, Lafayette, Ind.; Phillip Bryant, 10th grade, Lovington High School, Lovington, N.M. Junior: Amy Sandeen, 7th grade, Hastings Jr. High, Hastings, Neb.; Chris Broome, 8th grade, Greenfield Jr. High, Greenfield, Ind.
Group project: Debra Hallum, Jerry Adams, Ann McIver, Marietta Public Schools, Marietta, Okla., Yen Nguyen, Oanh Truong, Trinh De, Aldine-Eisenhower High, Houston, Texas. Junior: Mark Rosenberger, Al Peterson, Ricky Willoughby, Eddie Williams, Doug Elliot, Westfield Middle School, Westfield, Ind.; Michelle Hebert, Debbie Mullen, Schimelpfenig Middle School, Plano, Texas.