National History Day Announces 2015 HISTORY® Award for Service Winner

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day (NHD) awarded RaeLynne Snyder of Baltimore City Public Schools the 2015 HISTORY® Award for Service. Ms. Snyder initiated Baltimore City Public Schools participation in National History Day as a middle school teacher and has since become the Social Studies Specialist for City Schools. She received her award on June 18 at the annual National History Day Contest award ceremony.

Ms. Snyder organized the inaugural Baltimore City History Day Competition, held March 14, 2015. More than 2,000 students from across the city completed projects. Supervisors and peers attribute this achievement to the actions of Ms. Snyder. They commend her for her perseverance in challenging and inspiring Baltimore’s students through National History Day projects.

“Ms. Snyder is a dedicated educator with a strong passion for history,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “She set an ambitious goal of city wide participation in History Day and this year she reached that goal. I congratulate Ms. Snyder for her leadership, drive, and commitment to student success and appreciation of history.”

Each June HISTORY® honors one person who has made an outstanding contribution to the study of history through their service to National History Day. Educators eligible for the HISTORY® Award for Service can be self-nominated or nominated by their colleagues. To be considered, candidates must possess a commitment to NHD programs and inspire learning beyond the classroom.

For her service to NHD and her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide activities outside the regular classroom, Ms. Snyder will receive $5,000.00 from HISTORY®.

About National History DayNHD is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit

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