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African American Heritage Award given to local student on Maryland History Day

AA heritage awardAriah Alba, a student at Lindale Middle in Linthicum Heights, was awarded the first African American Heritage Award from Annapolis Tours by Watermark in conjunction with Maryland History Day.

The award was presented to Ariah for her individual exhibit on Rosa Parks. According to a press release it was an “outstanding student project dedicated to the rich and authentic journey and heritage of African Americans.”

Squire Richard Hillman, a guide with Annapolis Tours and former mayor of Annapolis, presented the award at the Anne Arundel County Regional History Day Award Ceremony at Arundel High School. Ariah also received tickets to Annapolis Tours by Watermark’s African American Heritage Tour and a Harbor Queen cruise for four.

Maryland History Day is a yearlong program sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council to encourage students to explore local, state and national and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics significance in history and create final projects that present their work. The projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to national level, where professional historians and educators evaluate them.

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