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April 12 , 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Henderson
(207) 287-5793

Maine History Day Winners Announced
Forty-five Students Eligible for National Finals

AUGUSTA , MAINE -- Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced on Monday that forty-five students from schools throughout Maine have become eligible to participate in the National History Day academic competition, as a result of their participation at Maine History Day on April 8 th in Augusta.

“Maine History Day is a unique academic competition. It allows students to showcase their knowledge and gain recognition for going above and beyond traditional classroom studies. Each year, this program brings out the best in Maine students, and I'm pleased that more than 40 are now eligible to represent our state at the National Finals,” Secretary Gwadosky commented.

Approximately 175 students in grades 6-12 took part in the state finals. Guest speakers included Governor John E. Baldacci and Maine State Archivist Jim Henderson , who each congratulated participants for their creativity, initiative and scholarship.

Prior to the state finals, participants selected and explored a broad historical theme. They prepared papers, projects or presentations for the statewide competition. Those entries were then reviewed by panels of expert judges, with awards presented to the top three selections in 12 separate categories.

The first and second finishers in each category become eligible for the National Finals to be held in Maryland in June. A complete list of winners accompanies this press release.

Maine History Day is organized by the Maine State Archives and Office of the Secretary of State, and conducted in cooperation with the National History Day program. Additional information is available online at www.state.me.us/sos/arc/historyday/histhome.htm .

MAINE NATIONAL HISTORY DAY 2004

Division/
Rank
Category School/Students Special Awards
Junior Historical Paper    
1
The Communist Revolution: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange
Lake Region Middle School
Marcus Strout
 
2
The Greatest Historical Event in History
Loranger Middle School
Kristen Couturier
 
3
The Crash, the Flight and the Crew of the Space Shuttle: Columbia
Loranger Middle School
Colin Patton
 
       
Junior Group Documentary    
1
Race to the Unknown: The American & Soviet Exploration of Space
Skowhegan Area Middle School
Eric Axelman, Jessica Beaudoin Emily Brown, Jarod Wescott
 
2
The Complete History of the Atomic Bomb: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange
Skowhegan Area Middle School
Matthew Walker, Joel Wing
 
3
Exploring Susan B. Anthony's Fight for Women's Rights
Skowhegan Area Middle School
Ellen Alsop, Ashley McCullum
Sarah Parents
 
       
Junior Individual Documentary    
1
The First in Flight: The Wright Brothers Exploration of a New Frontier
Skowhegan Area Middle School
Albert Barter
Technology
Primary Sources
     
Junior
Individual Performance    
1
Coastal Homefront, World War II
Brunswick Junior High School
Samuel Turner
Primary Sources
2
Exploration, Encounter, Exchange: The Life of Antoine-Joseph Sax
Skowhegan Area Middle School Brian Pratt
 
     
Junior
Group Exhibit    
1
From Negro Leagues to Cooperstown - Jackie Robinson and his Encounters in Baseball
Bonny Eagle Middle School
Luke Boucher
Kayle Hamilton
Casey McKague
Contemporary Relevance
2
People of the Dawn: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange of Clashing Cultures Lake Region Middle School Neisha Bruns, Rachel Ferland
Ashley Hunt
Maine History
3
Rockin' In Time: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in Music Lake Region Middle School
Hannah Fillmore-Patrick
Michelle Ladner, Casey Shea
Tareyn Vigna
Primary Sources
     
Junior
Individual Exhibit    
1
The Unsung Hero: Matthew Henson's Journey to the North Pole
Brunswick Junior High School
Jared Morneau
 
2
Samantha Smith: America 's Young Ambassador
Cornville Elementary School
Rebecca Pratt
Maine History
3
The Spanish in the New World
Brunswick Junior High School
Christian Schneider
 
       
Senior Historical Paper    
1
The French-Canadian Immigration into New England
Scarborough High School
Nicole Gonyea
Primary Sources Maine History
2
The Marshall Plan, An Encounter, Exploration and Exchange
Scarborough High School
Helen Mattsson
 
3
Encounters of Stephen Hopkins: Exploring American Ideals
Scarborough High School
Ariana Bratt
 
     
Senior
Group Documentary    
1
Panama Canal
Scarborough High School
Fred K ennedy, Christo pher Tyson
 
2
Exploraion, Encounter, Exchange and Evolution
Scarborough High School
Julie Endrizzi, Kerry Jones
Edward Jones, Douglass Endrizzi
Primary Sources
3
First Flight: Exploration, Encounter and Exchange
Scarborough High School
Tyler Carr , Josh Flynn
Kevin Penley
 
Phippsburg-Popham Colony
South Portland High School
Ben Carter, Ben Braley
Tim Cahill, Lisa Barker
Maine History
       
Senior Individual Documentary    
1
Caught in the Web: Exploring and Exchange on the Internet
Skowhegan Area High School
Kathleen Wilber
Technology Primary Sources Contemporary Relevance
2
"The History of the Blue People"
Scarborough High School
Devon Burke
Arab-Islamic
3
Napolean's Exploration of Power: The Napoleonic Wars
Scarborough High School
Anna Kypel
 
       
Senior Group Performance    
1
Harlem Renaissance
Scarborough High School
Caitlyn Farias , Sarah Morin
Nadine Sa, Steph Stoddard
Kim Stoddard
 
2
"Encounter, Exchange, Exploration, A Closer Look at the Harlem Renaissance"
Scarborough High School
Michelle Anderson, Jessica Bolton Kristen Buckley, Mel Mathews
 
     
Senior Group Exhibit    
1
Rockefeller's Roads: Exploring Acadia 's Unique Landscape
Bonny Eagle High School
Nina Pinette, Kim Simonsen
Maine History
2
Transcontinental Railroad
Scarborough High School
Alex Coupe, Tucker Gorman Ben Tsujiura
 
3
Exploration of the Subconscious through Surrealistic Art
Scarborough High School
Rachel Baird, Kimberly Dean

Katherine Hilton
 
       
Senior Individual Exhibit    
1
Exploring History … Encountering Effects…Eliminating Exchange…AIDS
Scarborough High School
Emily Shinay
Primary Sources
2
The Ugly Face of Hate: Encountering Integration at Central High School
Bonny Eagle High School
Jessica Macdonald
 
3
Encountering the Home Planet from Space: Paradigms Exchanged
Bonny Eagle High School
James Hanley
 
  20th Maine at Gettysburg
Scarborough High School
Matt Libby
Civil War