QACHS stu­dent re­ceives Mary­land His­tory Day award

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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.

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