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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2007
Contact: Don Cookson
207-626-8404

Maine National History Day Winners Announced

39 Awards Earned by Students for Superlative Efforts

Augusta — Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and State Archivist James Henderson announced the winners of the Annual Maine National History Day competition held Tuesday at the Buker School in Augusta. The annual event drew entries from schools across the state. “History Day is an opportunity for students to research a specific topic and exhibit the results of that research,” said Secretary Dunlap. “The energy of discovery makes the air buzz, and what’s most energizing of all is their manifest realization that they too can be actors in the making of dramatic and important historic events.”

“This year presented the judges with some tough choices,” said State Archivist Henderson. “The quality of work entered into the competition improves each year, and this year was no exception — given the impressive content of submissions in past years, that is an amazing accomplishment.”

Using primary sources, students completed 4 types of projects — research papers, exhibits, presentations, and performances related to this year’s theme, Triumph & Tragedy in History. Participating students chose topics ranging from ancient European History to modern day subjects such as the space program. The top two winners in each category have qualified to participate in the National History Day finals in June at the University of Maryland. 

Below is the complete list of this year’s winners, including project topics and schools attended.  A scoring tally by division and school is also included.  

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MAINE NATIONAL HISTORY DAY 2007 Winners

Junior
Individual Documentary
   
1
Halifax's Greatest Tragedy   Bonny Eagle Middle School
 Uriah R. Eilinger
2
War of 1812: Rematch Of The Revolution   Brunswick Junior High School
 Sam Balentine
3
Red in Twilight: Triumph and Tragedy in the Soviet Union 's Fall   Brunswick Junior High School
 Isaac Turner
       
Junior
Group Exhibit
   
1
The Price of Power: Electric Company Drowns Maine Town  

Bonny Eagle Middle School

 Jessica Bevan
 Aly Clift
 Sarabeth George

2
"No One Loved Gorillas More" - Dian Fossey   Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School
 
Esther Adams
 Emily Cormier
 Ann Dunham
 Moviah Nutter
 Autumn Robbins
3
Triumph or Tragedy The 1918 Spanish Flu: A Killer worse than guns   Bonny Eagle Middle School
 Catherine Patchell
 Erika Stevens
       
Junior
Individual Exhibit
   
1
The San Francisco Earthquake   Loranger Middle School
 Gillian Foss
2
"The Triumphs and Tragedies of Ruth Knight - An Average American."   Gorham Middle School
 Forrest Plaisted
3
The Triumphant Life of Harrient Tubman   Loranger Middle School
 Victoria Bryan
       
Junior
Historical Paper    
1
Millions Spilled, Billions Filled; The Tragedy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill   Bonny Eagle Middle School
 Evan L. Spencer
2
Samantha Smith: The Girl Who Dared to   Loranger Middle School
 Brittney Green
3
Joseph Stalin and the Purge of Russia   Loranger Middle School
 Adam Delage
       
Junior
Group Performance
   
1
The Strikers of Spindle City: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Dover Mills   Noble VI
 Victoria Avella
 Marissa Jones
2
316, The Story of The Indy.   Brunswick Junior High School
 Patrick Horan
 Brett Merrill
3
Fast Food Changes in America   Loranger Middle School
 Victoria Bonville
 Shelby Bourgault
 Katie Hatch
 Jenna Tatsak
       
Junior
Individual Performance
   
1
A Verse of Tragedy   Brunswick Junior High School
 Kate Nulle
2
Jackie Robinson   Loranger Middle School
 Luke Pelletier
       
Senior
Individual Documentary
   
1 Francois Truffaut and The French New Wave   South Portland High School
 George Murray
       
Senior
Group Exhibit
   
1
Slave Tragedy turns to Triumph aboard the underground Railroad   Bonny Eagle High School
 Jessica Pratt
 Kalie Stevens
2
Sprinting beyond a cripling disease: Wilma Rudolph   Bonny Eagle High School
 Lauren Gowell
 Cori Simmons
       
Senior
Individual Exhibit    
1
The Knights Templar   South Portland High School
 Brianna Wing
     
Senior
Historical Paper    
1
The Cutter Incident: A Great Tragedy From the Triumph of the Salk Polio Vaccine   Bonny Eagle High School
 Stacy Sullivan
2
Cuneiform   Cheverus High School
 Abigail Norbert
3
Few versus Many   Cheverus High School
 Meegan Daigler
     
Senior
Individual Performance    
1
Shine Over Me: Prelude to the Battle of Hastings   Cheverus High School
 Shannon LoCascio
       

Maine History Day 2007: Scores by Division and Schools

Junior    
Bonny Eagle Middle School
  Documentary, Individual
    1 Halifax's Greatest Tragedy
3
 
  Exhibit, Group
    3
Triumph or Tragedy The 1918 Spanish Flu: A Killer worse than guns
    1 The Price of Power: Electric Company Drowns Maine Town

1
3
 
  Historical Paper
    1 Millions Spilled, Billions Filled; The Tragedy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

3
 
  Total Points for school: 10
     
Brunswick Junior High School
 Documentary, Individual
    3
Red in Twilight: Triumph and Tragedy in the Sovient Union's Fall
    2 War of 1812: Rematch Of The Revolution
  Performance, Group
    2
316, The Story of The Indy.
  Performance, Individual
    1 A Verse of Tragedy


1
2

2

3
 
  Total Points for school: 8
     
Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School
  Exhibit, Group
    2
"No One Loved Gorillas More" - Dian Fossey


2
 
  Total Points for school: 2
     
Gorham Middle School
  Exhibit, Individual
    2
"The Triumphs and Tragedies of Ruth Knight - An Average American."


2
 
  Total Points for school: 2
     
Loranger Middle School
  Exhibit, Individual
    3
The Triumphant Life of Harriet Tubman
    1 The San Francisco Earthquake
  Historical Paper
    2
Samantha Smith: The Girl Who Dared to Ask
    3 Joseph Stalin and the Purge of Russia
  Performance, Group
    3
Fast Food Changes in America
  Performance, Individual
    2 Jackie Robinson


1
3

2
1

1

2
 
  Total Points for school: 10
     
Noble VI
  Performance, Group
    1
The Strikers of Spindle City: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Dover Mills


3
 
  Total Points for school: 3
     
Senior    
Bonny Eagle High School
  Exhibit, Group
    1
Slave Tragedy turns to Triumph aboard the underground Railroad
    2 Sprinting beyond a cripling disease: Wilma Rudolph
  Historical Paper
    1
The Cutter Indicent: A Great Tragedy From the Triumph of the Salk Polio Vaccine


3
2

3
 
  Total Points for school: 8
     
Cheverus High School
  Historical Paper
    2
Cuneiform
    3 Few versus Many
  Performance, Individual
    1
Shine Over Me: Prelude to the Battle of Hastings


2
1

3
 
  Total Points for school: 6
     
Souty Portland High School
  Documentary, Individual
    1
Francers Truffaut and The French New Wave
  Exhibit, Individual
    1
The Knights Templar


3

3
 
  Total Points for school: 6