Major General John E. Morrison Award in Excellence and Innovation
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.
2018 Morrison Award Winners
CONGRATULATIONS to the Junior and Senior Division level winners of The Major General John E. Morrison Award in Education and Innovation (see below). The 2018 Maryland History Day event took place on 28 April and, as always, the competition was packed with the most inspiring, innovative, and talented young minds. The theme for this year's event was "Conflict and Compromise in History." Click to see a full list of 2018 winners.
SENIOR DIVISION WINNER:
Student: Sierra Burns
Topic: AC vs DC: The Conflict That Sparked an Electrical Compromise That Still Stands Today
School: Howard High School
County: Howard County
Teacher: Danelle Brennan
JUNIOR DIVISION WINNERS
Students: Kaci Grimplin, Paige Rattell
Topic: History of Toilet Paper: This performance presents information on the invention of toilet paper, and what was used before toilet paper.
School: Centreville Middle School
County: Queen Anne’s County
Teacher: Thomas Hayman
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 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
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
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.
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.