SD Middle Teacher Wins History Award

BERLIN — Stephen Decatur Middle School teacher Leah Olsen last week was recognized as the History Day Teacher of the Year for Worcester County by the Maryland Humanities Council.

Over 600 talented middle and high school students, along with their proud parents and teachers, converged on the campus of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County last Saturday for the annual awards. A program of the Maryland Humanities Council, Maryland History Day involved over 18,000 students representing 17 counties and Baltimore City. Olsen was recognized as the winner for the Worcester County public school system.

Students spent months researching topics that addressed the National History Day theme and participated in school and community competitions to qualify for the state contest. Students showcased their research in one of five formats- research papers, museum-type exhibits, performances, websites and multimedia documentaries- addressing the 2012 them “Revolution, Reaction and Reform in History.”

First- and second-place winners will represent Maryland at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day contest on June 10-14 at the University of Maryland-College Park.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.