Somers Student to be Recognized for History Day Accomplishments

LA PLATA, Md. (Jan. 23, 2010) - Ryan Burton, a seventh grader at Milton M. Somers Middle School in La Plata, will be honored by the Maryland Humanities Council on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Maryland State House in Annapolis for being selected as one of six Maryland finalists honored at the 2009 National History Fair.

Burton was named a finalist in the junior individual documentary category at the national fair, held last June, for his project titled “Benjamin O. Davis.” He also received an award for the outstanding state entry in the junior division.

Burton, along with other state finalists, will be recognized before both chambers of the General Assembly for their national achievements. The Maryland Humanities Council hosts an annual recognition ceremony for national winners of the History Day competition.

Burton advanced to the national contest after competing at the state level. He was the first-place winner in his category at the Charles County 2008-09 History Day competition.

Source: Charles County Public School System

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