More than 25 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students competed in the Maryland History Day Competition last month after placing at the local event. Two students earned special awards for their project entries.

Milton M. Somers Middle School seventh grader Samuel Chernoff received the Special Award for the History of Science and Technology for his project titled, “Galileo: Taking a Stand Against Religion for Science.” Chernoff advanced to the state level of competition after earning a second-place award in the junior division of the individual website competition at the Charles County competition.
Gwyneth Luster, an eighth-grade student at St. Mary’s Bryantown, earned the Special Award for Military History for her project titled, “The Court Martial of Colonel William “Billy” Mitchell: Taking a Stand to Tell the Truth.” Luster also advanced to the state competition after earning a first-place award in the junior division of the individual documentary category of the Charles County competition.

            Danielle Carpenter, a social studies teacher at St. Charles High School, was honored as the 2017 Charles County History Day Teacher of the Year. Carpenter has been teaching with CCPS for the past seven years. She started her career as a social studies teacher at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, where she taught for five years. Carpenter is in her second year of teaching at St. Charles. She currently teaches Local, State and National government (LSN), Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government and Politics, and AP Comparative Government and Politics.

            A committee at the county level selects the History Day Teacher of the Year annually. Carpenter was chosen for her support of the event and for encouraging her students to complete History Day projects. She is the History Day Club sponsor and advisor to the Student Government Association at St. Charles. Carpenter was also instrumental in helping to plan the CCPS History, Industry, Science and Technology (HITS) Expo. The Expo was held at St. Charles this year and Carpenter secured several student volunteers to assist with the event.

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