January 18, 2018
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Two Cohen Middle School students raising funds to represent Maine in national history contest

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Cohen Middle School eighth-graders Sydney McDonald and Kate Adam are trying to raise enough money to participate in National History Day Competition after winning the state-level contest this spring.

By Camille Morrison

Sydney McDonald and Kate Adam are dreaming of representing Cohen Middle School, the City of Bangor, its surrounding area and Maine  at the National History Day Competition to be held June 8-13, at the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

The two eighth-graders were chosen as winners at the Maine History Day Competition in April in Augusta. They’ve been raising funds ever since to enable them to go to the next level of competition. Their families have paid the hundreds of dollars in registration fees and the girls have raised $1,175 of the $4,800 needed to make the trip a reality.

The girls have been performing their entry on “The Stock Market Crash of 1929” for area businesses, family and friends. “Kate and Sydney give 110 percent in everything they do,” say their moms, Camille and Terri.

Both students are academic award winners, members of their student council, involved in sports and hold six first place titles in the Maine Acting Competition. Kate is involved in acting, singing and violin and played “Pepper” in “Annie.” Sydney has won numerous academic awards, as well as the Spirit Award while cheering for the Cohen A-team and is going to the STEM Academy at Bangor High in the fall.

Both girls are just as dedicated to their local communities and charities, such as working at food pantries and the riverfront cleanup project. Sydney has volunteered at the Kiwanis Fourth of July fireworks and parades, ringing the Salvation Army bell, at the American Folk Festival and the Kiwanis yard sale. Kate also helped collect bottles for her brother’s Scout troop. Just recently, both were nominated for the Cohen Citizenship Award.

Each year 600,000 students compete in the History Day Competition. Kate and Sydney are honored to have been selected to go up against the otgher 3,000 students from aroud the world. The five-day competition will be Webcast on The History Channel.

“We love history and fell that we can only be successful in our future endeavors by learning about and appreciating our past and those who helped shape it,” said Sydney.

If you’re interested in helping Kate and Sydney to make this dream become possible, you can send a donation to Camden National Bank account No. 91089116, which is a deposit-only account; or mail or drop off a donation to Cohen Middle School, 304 Garland St., Bangor 04401, for the Kate and Sydney National History Day Fund. For other ways to help or for more information, contact Camille Morrison at 974–8429. For more information on National History Day competition, visit www.nationalhistoryday.org.