Major General John E. Morrison Award in Excellence and Innovation

Morrison Awards

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Major General John E. Morrison

The Major General John E. Morrison Award in Excellence and Innovation is for outstanding projects that address topics related to the history of science and technology. The $500.00 donation sponsors two achievement awards – one in the junior division (grades 6 through 8) and one in the senior division (grades 9 through 12). Winners receive a cash prize and a plaque with the name of the sponsor, and sponsorship is also acknowledged in the Maryland History Day program, the National History Day program, and in press releases containing the names of Maryland History Day winners.

Major General John E. Morrison, Jr., USAF was inducted into the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor in 2001. Read more about him HERE


 

2017 Morrison Award Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the Junior and Senior Division level winners of The Major General John E. Morrison Award in Education and Innovation. The 2017 Maryland History Day event took place on 29 April and, as always, featured MANY inspiring, innovative, and talented young minds. The theme for this year's event was "Taking A Stand in History." Please click here to see a full list of 2017 winners.

2017 Morrison Award Senior Division Winners

2017 Senior Division Morrison Award Winners Theresa Dollar and Na Hye Kim with NCMF Vice President Orville Lewis

2017 Senior Division Winners

Alfred Wegener and His Stand for Continental Drift
Students:  Na Hye Kim and Theresa Dollar
Teacher:  Daniel McKenna
School:  Poolesville High School, Montgomery County
Category:  Group Exhibits

2017 Junior Division Winners

Elizabeth Blackwell’s Journey into the Medical Field
Students:  Samantha Hare, Elise Parks, and Sophia Surina
Teacher:  Curtis George
School:  Matapeake Middle School, Queen Anne’s County
Category:  Group Performances


2016 Morrison Award Winners

Mr. Pete Lesher, Maryland Humanities board member and curator at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum presents the Major General John E. Morrison Excellence and Innovation Award to Junior Level Award Winner Ms. Layla Grimm.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2016 Maj Gen John E. Morrison Excellence and Innovation Award Winners!

Ms. Layla Grimm, Junior Level Award Winner for creating the website "Enchantress of Numbers," honoring Ms. Ada Lovelace. Ms. Grimm attends Snow Hill Middle School in Worcester County, MD. Her teacher is Mr. Beau Williams. Click here to visit Ms. Grimm's website.

Ms. Cheyenne Scott, Senior Level Award Winner for her performance of "Technology: The Next Frontier." Ms. Scott attends North Point High School in Charles County, MD. Her teacher is Ms. Jessica Pratta.


2015 Morrison Award Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2015 winners of the Major General John E. Morrison Award in Excellence and Innovation!

Senior Division: Students - William Guo and Zachary Toth; Created a Web site regarding the topic, Henry Ford: The American Dream. From North Hagerstown High School in Washington County. Teacher - Samuel Spinder.

Junior Division: Students - Michael Bowler, David Dzingeleski, and William Jones. Created a Web site regarding the topic, Werner von Braun and the Space Race. From Catonsville Middle School in Baltimore County. Teacher - Robert Dungey.


2014 Morrison Award Winners

NCMF President Richard Schaeffer and David Polefrone, 2014 Senior winner of the Major Gen. John E. Morrison Award

NCMF President Richard Schaeffer and Mr. David Polefrone. Photo by Mitro Hood.

Senior Division: Mr. David Polefrone was selected as the winner for his presentation, The Case of Henrietta Lacks: Rights to Genetic Material and Informed Consent. Mr. Polefrone attends Marriotts Ridge High School in Howard County and his teachers are Ms. Lynn Rashid and Mr. Richard Malt.


 

NCMF President Richard Schaeffer and Cassandra McIltrot, Junior Division Award Recipient of the 2014 Maj Gen John E. Morrison Award

NCMF President Richard Schaeffer and Ms. Cassandra McIltrot. Photo by Mitro Hood.

Junior Division: Ms. Cassadra McIltrot was selected as the winner for her presentation, Humans vs. Humans: How Human Medical Research Has Impacted Our Rights and Responsibilities. Ms. McIltrot attends Sykesville Middle in Carroll County and her teacher is Ms. Sarah Gallagher.