QACHS student receives Maryland History Day award
CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County High School student Cody Pfeiffer represented Queen Anne’s County at the Maryland History Day competition at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and earned on of the special prizes.
There were more than 650 students from 20 counties and 199 schools participating. For middle and high school students who participate, Maryland History Day sparks critical thinking, and helps develop skills in research and analysis, writing, and public speaking.
Working solo or in small groups, students create original documentaries, exhibits, performances, research papers or websites exploring a breadth of historical topics within an annual theme. Students’ progress through competitions at the school, district, state, and national levels. District contests are held throughout Maryland every February and March. This year’s theme was Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.
Pfeiffer’s project was entered in the Senior Performance category and was titled “The exploration of Puerto Rico.” Pfeiffer received one of the special prizes, the Michael E. Patten Memorial History Award for Best Use of Primary Sources, sponsored by the Frank Patten Family established in memory of their son, Michael, who loved history.
Courtney Hobson, program assistant at the Maryland Humanities, sponsors of the Maryland History Day program, Judy Dobbs, program officer for Maryland History Day, and Margery Patten, sponsor of the award, came to QACHS to present Pfeiffer with a plaque and a $250 check.
QACHS also received a plaque, along with a $250 check, to be used by the media center.