A repeat performance did the trick for two Frederick County home-school students who returned for another shot at this year's National History Day competition.

Carrie Pritt and Alayna Stepp earned the title of "Outstanding State Entry" in the senior group performance category for their project, “Life Behind a Wall: The Denial of Rights in Communist East Germany." National History Day performance entries are live, dramatic presentations of a topic's significance in history, scripted with a thesis statement, supporting statements and a conclusion.

The 2014 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Competition asked students to create an exhibit, performance, website, paper or documentary on rights and responsibilities, according to a Maryland Humanities Council news release. 

Nearly 3,000 students from the U.S., its territories and abroad participated in the contest at the University of Maryland, College Park. National History Day events ran June 15 through 19.

Public service awards

Three Frederick County graduates made the cut for Rep. Chris Van Hollen's second round of 2014 Van Hollen Public Service Award, staff announced June 18.

Local winners are Linganore's Tyler Graham, Catoctin's Ann Marie Urian and Oakdale's Ben Grenier. All three graduated in May.

Van Hollen created the Public Service Award program to recognize graduating students in area high schools for their contributions to their schools and communities.

High schools in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District were asked to select a student for the recognition, which reflects Van Hollen's belief in the "importance of community involvement and his desire to recognize individuals who are dedicated to serving others," the release stated.

A new green school

St. John Regional Catholic School has been certified as a 2014 Maryland Green School, according to the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.

St. John Regional makes "continuous effort to integrate sustainable best management practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development opportunities, and community engagement into our daily operations," the organization said in an April news release. Its eco-friendly initiative included a recycling program, composting, and purchasing iPads to help lessen paper use.

The Maryland Green Schools Program certified more than 100 buildings for environmental stewardship this year. Seven other Frederick County schools have been recognized in the program, which has certified more than 460 schools since its founding in 1999.

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