Making History

Eight Students from Prince George’s County Receive Awards at the 2012 Maryland History Day Competition

By Annamarya Scaccia

senior paperThere is never a shortage of bright, dedicated students and educators in Prince George’s County, and last month’s 2012 Maryland History Day competition was proof of that.

The annual history-based state contest, which was held April 28, saw over 600 middle and high school students gather at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to display their projects tackling this year’s national theme, “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.”  The competing pupils, who began their research at the beginning of the school year, presented in one of five categories: papers, exhibits, performances, websites, and multimedia documentaries.

Two students from Prince George’s County will advance to the national competition, along with 63 other wining students from throughout Maryland. Kenmoor Middle School student Vinaichandra Rachakonda received second place in the Juniors Papers category for his topic, “Sputnik 1: The Revolution Started and the Reaction and Reform in America.” His brother Vishnu, who attends Eleanor Roosevelt High School, won first place in the Senior Paper category for his topic, “Norman Borlaug and the Green Revolution: A Period of Growth.” They will represent Maryland in the paper category at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, taking place June 10 – 14 at the University of Maryland in College Park.

junior paperSix Eleanor Roosevelt High School students also earned special prizes for their respective group exhibitions. Jeane Addison, Rosin Ajisebutu, Andrea Scott and Kayla Young won the Peace Study Center Award for their display, “Apartheid: Global Reaction,” while Jordan Lucas and Ngong Temateh received the Milton Zaslow Award in Cryptology for their presentation, “Setting the Standard for Warfare: USA v. USSR.” Additionally, Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School teacher Kishana Poteat-Brown was named the Prince George’s County District History Day Teacher of the Year.

Over 18,000 students from 17 counties and Baltimore City competed at the school- and county-level to qualify for the 2012 Maryland History Day state contest, which is a program established by Maryland Humanities Council (MHC).

For a complete list of students advancing to the national competition, special awards, and teacher awards, visit

Photo, top right: Senior Paper First Prize Winner Vishnu Rachkonda.

Photo, bottom right: Junior Paper Second Prize Winner Vinaichandra Rachkonda

(Credit: Mitro Hood). View photo gallery here.

Published on Prince George’s Suite – Monday, May 7, 2012

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