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For Immediate Release
April 2, 2002
Contact: Jim Henderson

Maine History Day Competition Brings Students to Augusta
State Winners will travel to Maryland for National History Day

AUGUSTA--On Thursday, April 4, 2002, more than 150 middle and high school students from nine schools across Maine will take part in Maine's History Day Competition. This year's competition will be held at the Maine State Cultural Building located in the Capitol Complex in Augusta. The Maine students will compete for the honor of moving on to the National History Day Competition to be held at the University of Maryland in June. The history day activities begin at 9:00 a.m. as students arrive and display their entries for the judges. Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will present the awards to the winners in seven different categories of the competition at approximately 2:30 p.m.

"Maine History Day allows students to bring history to life, through the use of exhibits and performances," stated Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky. "It also offers teachers a unique way to present a curriculum that is not confined to the pages of a textbook."

This annual event is open to all students in grades 6 through 12. Each year students prepare papers, projects, or presentations that explore a broad historical theme. This year's theme: Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History. The program adds a new dimension to teaching and learning history, rewarding student initiative, creativity, and scholarship.

The Atrium of the Cultural Building will be the setting for over 35 exhibits prepared by students. The morning to early afternoon will feature judging of performances of historical events or persons, presentations of documentaries, and assessment of research papers.

The Maine program has an informative Internet web site with research tips at It features a list of participating schools, contest details, prizes and awards, and research sources.

To foster creativity and imagination, students select from a variety of formats to present their entries: papers, tabletop displays, media presentations, and performances. Required research develops analytic abilities, as well as reading and comprehension skills. The Contest encourages an interdisciplinary approach (integrating arts, economics, sciences, and other disciplines), problem solving skills, and teamwork. Teams of educators and historians judge entries on historical quality, presentation, and adherence to theme.

Maine National History Day provides an excellent assessment tool; integrates the study of history with other disciplines; supplies curricular aids (lesson plans, bibliographic guides); supports professional development through workshops and summer institutes; encourages interaction with academic historians, librarians, archivists, and public historians; involves families and communities in support of education.

The history segment of the social studies learning results are composed of the following broad objectives:

A. CHRONOLOGY: Students will use the chronology of history and major eras to demonstrate the relationships of events and people.

B. HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE, CONCEPTS, AND PATTERNS: Students will develop historical knowledge of major events, people, and enduring themes in the United States, in Maine, and throughout world history.

C. HISTORICAL INQUIRY, ANALYSIS, AND INTERPRETATION: Students will learn to evaluate resource material such as documents, artifacts, maps, artworks, and literature, and to make judgments about the perspectives of the authors and their credibility when interpreting current historical events.

Schools Participating in 2002 Maine History Day

Bonny Eagle High School
Bonny Eagle Middle School
Brunswick Junior High School
Cheverus High School
Cornville School
Lake Region Middle School
Middle School of the Kennebunks
Scarborough High School
Shaw Middle School
Skowhegan Area Middle School