WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with students from across Maine in Washington, D.C. this morning to wish them luck as they compete in the final round of the “National History Day” contest this week. Following victories in Maine’s statewide competition, these students will represent our state as they compete alongside nearly 3,000 of America’s top young historians.
More than three hundred students from thirty-six schools across Maine participated in Maine’s “National History Day” competition at the University of Maine on March 28. The theme for this year’s research projects, which can be presented as a paper, website, documentary, performance, or exhibit, is “Leadership and Legacy.” The students presented Senator Collins with a “Leadership and Legacy” t-shirt.
Two of the students, Ceci Doering and Damian Sheffer from Holbrook Middle School, created a website that explores, “The Career of Margaret Chase Smith: A Legacy That Paved the Way For Women In Politics.” As part of this first place project, Ceci and Damian interviewed Senator Collins in February. Click here for a high resolution photo of Senator Collins and Ceci and Damian.
“I am very proud of all the Maine National History winners and I know they will represent our state well at the national competition this week,” Senator Collins stated. “In particular, I was so pleased to see a first-place project on the legendary Senator Margaret Chase Smith. Senator Smith had a profound impact on my life and I am thrilled to see her serve as an inspiration to a new generation of young people.”