June 19, 2018
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Historical competition

By Ardeana Hamlin, Of the Weekly Staff

BANGOR — Kate Adam and Sydney McDonald, eighth-graders at William Cohen Middle School in Bangor, are in fundraiser mode. They achieved second place for their “Stock Market Crash of 1929” presentation in the Maine State National History Day Competition on April 3. This entitles them to represent their school and state in the National History Day Competition June 9-13 at the University of Maryland, and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

“I competed last year in the individual website category, and raised the funds to compete at the Nationals,” Sydney said in a press release.

At that competition she earned the Salute to Freedom Award. She also was selected to represent Maine in New Orleans at the World War II Museum Boeing Pavilion grand opening and had the honor of escorting a veteran to the event.

Sydney is a member of the Cohen School student council, and takes part in theater arts at school, and is on the volleyball team. She also was a keynote speaker at the Cole Museum’s 2012 Fourth of July celebration.

“I love history and feel we can only move on in our country’s future by learning [about] and honoring the past,” she said.

Kate, like Sydney, is an honor roll student. She is in active theater, drama, honors orchestra and field hockey. In December of last year, she played the part of Pepper in the Penobscot Theatre production of “Annie.” She studies violin with Anatole Wieck and takes voice lessons with Tina Burns.

“ We are the only students from the Bangor area attending [the national competition]. Participating in the National History Day Competition will benefit my education and it will improve my competitive edge when I move to the senior division of the competition,” she stated in a press release.

Kate and Sydney need to raise $6,004 to cover the cost of travel, lodging, meals and the competition entry fee in order to take part in the competition.

“Fundraising is difficult. We have to raise all the money ourselves or we don’t get to go,” she said. She is confident the funds will be raised and is looking forward to taking part in the History Day competition and her first visit to the nation’s capitol.

To aid the girls in their fundraising endeavor, donations may be made to The Kate and Sydney Fund at Camden National Bank; mailed to: Syndey McDonald and Kate Adam Fund, 419 Essex St., Bangor ME 04401; or dropped off or mailed to: Cohen Middle School, Sydney McDonald and Kate Adam, National History Day 2013, 304 Garland St., Bangor ME 04401.

For information, call Sydney’s mother, Camille Morrison, at 974-8429, or Kate’s mom, Terri Adam, at 745-8537.

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