A Calvert High School teacher and student were one of 15 student/teacher teams from throughout the United States chosen to head to France this summer for a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II.
Calvert High history teacher Amie Sanner and junior Hannah Aris were chosen in a national competition to participate in the Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom, National History Day’s Albert H. Small Student/Teacher Institute, in June 2013.
Sanner chose 10 of her students to submit an essay for the National History Day opportunity and a local committee choose Aris as the top student. Sanner then applied for the opportunity, submitting Hannah’s essay as well as one of her own, and the pair were chosen, Sanner explained. They will head to Washington D.C. on June 15 and depart for a 10 day trip to France on June 17.
“I was very surprised and very excited. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, something teachers don’t get to do very often,” Sanner said. “Hannah is a very passionate student, one of the best students I’ve taught and she has a love for history.”
Hannah and Sanner get an all expense paid trip. They will be immersed in lectures presented by leading World War II historians and will walk in the footsteps of history on the beaches of Normandy. Hannah will also lay a wreath at the American Cemetery in France and present a eulogy for a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Sanner received the Patricia Behring High School History Day Teacher of the Year Award, a statewide honor, from MHC in 2011. Aris participated in the Maryland History Day state competition as a freshman with a Senior Group Performance on the Vietnam War. She used letters between her aunt and uncle, who experienced the war, as a primary source and a
foundation for the performance’s dialogue. Aris, who is currently taking five advanced placement courses, hopes to pursue anthropology or the law someday. .
MHC Executive Director Phoebe Stein Davis said, “This is just one example of how Maryland History Day
can open the door to opportunities for student scholars and teachers, both to new learning experiences,
as well as future career paths. Hannah demonstrates the enthusiasm of the 18,000 History Day
participants in Maryland, guided by supportive educators like Ms. Sanner.”