North Caroline Student Earns Honors at History Day Competitions


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Leland Courie, 10th grader at North Caroline High School, won Best Overall Project Award at the Upper Shore Regional History Day Competition for her documentary entitled “Oslo: A Dream of Peace.” Leland was also given a special award for Excellence in the Study of Peace and Nonviolence at the State History Day Competition in April.

Leland was recognized at the May Board of Education meeting by board members and Superintendent Dr. Derek Simmons. Principal Matt Spiker, History teacher Andrew Buffenmyer, and Supervisor of Instruction Rob Willoughby were also on hand to offer congratulations.

National History Day is a fun and challenging event that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation, and social skills. Working individually or in groups, students create original documentaries, exhibits, performances, research papers or websites exploring a breadth of historical topics within an annual theme.

Upper Shore Regional History Day serves the Maryland Eastern Shore counties of Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot.  USRHD is a second round competition within the National History Day contest cycle, following the individual school or county competitions.  First and Second Place finishers at USRHD advance to compete at the Maryland History Day competition.