Ruppert is budding historian

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Dylan Ruppert

SHILOH — A local eighth grader finished his middle school years with a big success.
“Three cheers for North Dorchester Middle School 8th grader Dylan Ruppert, whose paper won a special prize at the state level of the Maryland History Day competition, having previously won first prize in the Lower Eastern Shore round,” a statement from Dorchester County Public Schools said.

Dylan’s paper “Austrian Resistance to Nazi Occupation: How the Political Barriers of the Time Were Broken” won the statewide prize in the category of Peace, Non-Violence, and Justice. But he isn’t just a budding historian — Dylan also qualified for a place in the statewide level of the National Geographic GeoBee this year, which unfortunately was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Mark Lowrie is Dylan’s social studies teacher at NDMS.

Nearly 600 middle and high school students submitted projects online to present their extensive historical research at the 2020 Maryland History Day competition. The competition, usually held in person, is the culmination of a year-long program from Maryland Humanities.
Due to COVID-19, Maryland Humanities converted the contest to a digital format this year, with project evaluation across five categories taking place over four weeks.In 2020, more than 25,000 Maryland students participated at the school level.

Maryland History Day, coordinated by Maryland Humanities since 1999, is open to public, private, parochial, and homeschool students in grades 6 through 12. Working solo or in small groups, students create original documentary films, exhibits, performances, research papers, or websites exploring a historical topic of their choice on an annual theme, which this year is “Breaking Barriers in History.” Maryland History Day sparks critical thinking and helps develop skills in research and analysis, writing, and public speaking.

Competitors at Maryland History Day have already won first or second place in their category at school and district levels. Students from 17 Maryland counties and Baltimore City received special awards, designated for outstanding Maryland History Day projects that cover specific subjects.
M. Scott Baker, who teaches at North Dorchester High School, and Sarah Mason, who teaches at Bennett Middle School in Wicomico County, were honored as the Maryland History Day Statewide High School and Middle School Teacher of the Year, respectively. Maryland Humanities also selected a District Teacher of the Year for each county with participating schools.