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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) held its seventh annual History, Industry, Science and Technology (HITS) Expo on Saturday, March 12, at St. Charles High School. The Expo included an array of student science and history fair projects on display for judging. The awards were given in several categories: documentary, exhibit, historical paper, performance and website. Many History Day Special Awards were also distributed during the ceremony. Category winners will have the opportunity to register for the state competition this April.

The following students received awards for their history fair projects.

Junior Individual Documentary

  • Krisha Patel, first place, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, “A Walk-Through History: Dropping the Atomic Bomb;” and
  • Abigail Higdon, second place, Piccowaxen Middle School, “The Soviet-American Ballet Exchange.”

Junior Group Documentary

  • Matthew Pham and Dylan Shafer, first place, Milton M. Somers Middle School, “The Vietnam War;” and
  • Leo Abramson and Kendrick Edwards, second place, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, “Debate and Diplomacy in the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

Junior Individual Exhibit

  • Jailyn Conward, first place, Davis, “Brown v. Board of Education;” and
  • Maryam Elayyadi, second place, Davis, “The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.”

Junior Group Exhibit

  • Chase Harkness and Evan Schiavoni, first place, St. Mary’s School, “The Great Postal Strike;” and
  • Jessica Forbes and Jennifer Forbes, second place, General Smallwood Middle School, “Women’s Rights Movement.”

Junior Historical Paper

  • Kayman Burwell, first place, Davis, “The Significance and Benefits of Brown v. the Board of Education;” and
  • Leina Chen, second place, Davis, “Diplomacy Resolves a World Threat: Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.”

Junior Individual Performance

  • Skylan Brassell, first place, Neighborhood Creative Arts Center, “Wild Horse Annie v. The Bureau of Land Management;” and
  • Jack Compton, second place, Piccowaxen, “George Washington.”

Junior Group Performance

  • Isabelle Gray and Emmie Kolker, first place, Somers, “The History of the Women’s Rights Movement.”

Senior Individual Performance

  • Esther Bonney, first place, Neighborhood Creative Arts Center, “T-Minus Thirteen Days Until Apocalypse.”

Junior Individual Website

  • Madisyn Krauss, first place, St. Mary’s, “Benjamin Franklin: America’s Most Successful Diplomat;” and
  • Zahara Speed, second place, Somers, “The US Postal Strike of 1970.”

Junior Group Website

  • Alexis Malone and Hana Abebe, first place, Mattawoman Middle School, “The Dropping of the Atomic Bomb;” and
  • Gabrielle Frye and Victoria Thomas, second place, St. Mary’s, “The Great Debates of Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln.”

Senior Individual Website

  • Lauren Compton, first place, La Plata High School, “Debate and Diplomacy at the Constitutional Convention and its Consequences.”

Special Awards

  • Kamarie Barnes, Matthew Henson Middle School, “Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” award from the African American Heritage Society of Charles County;
  • Christa Middleton, John Hanson Middle School, “Slavery and Civil Rights: A Movement through Time,” award from the African American Heritage Society of Charles County;
  • Dominic Nelson, St. Mary’s, “Independence Without Bloodshed,” award from the MD Alpha Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa;
  • Madison Scott, Piccowaxen, “Ouray: Ute Diplomat,” award from the Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland;
  • Avery Holness, Somers, “The Oyster Wars,” award from the Charles County Antique Arts Association;
  • Isabelle Lopez, Hanson, “Changing Times and Changing Minds: The 19th Amendment,” award from the Charles County Heritage Commission;
  • Delyla Sanchez Burgos, Davis, “Civil Rights Act,” award from the Charles County Heritage Commission;
  • Elise McDonald, Somers, “How Abraham Lincoln’s Debate and Diplomacy Skills Led to the End of Slavery,” award from the Port Tobacco Chapter, National Association of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution;
  • Matthew Pham and Dylan Shafer, Somers, “The Vietnam War,” award from the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Eta Omicron Sigma Chapter;
  • Aubriana Harrington, Henson, “Women’s Rights,” award from the Ella Virginia Houck Holloway Chapter, US Daughters of 1812;
  • Alexandra Hoiler and Ebony Harris, Henson, “The Salem Witch Trials,” award from the Historical Society of Charles County;
  • Alexandra Powell, Henson, “Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court Decision,” award from The Port Tobacco Players;
  • Adaline Destefano, Henson, “The Attack: Never Forgotten,” award from The Friendship House Foundation;
  • Jadin Turner, Henson, “Racism in the National Basketball Association,” award from the Friendship House Foundation; and
  • Esther Bonney, Neighborhood Creative Arts Center, “T-Minus Thirteen Days Until Apocalypse,” award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 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, gender identity, age or disability in its programmes, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, PO Box 2770, La Plata, MD 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.

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school in accordance with its Use of Facilities facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).


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