Prospective Contestants in the BCHS Middle School Essay Contest Hosted by the Baltimore Museum of Industry

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Graceland Park-O'Donnell Heights Middle School students kicked off the essay contest in early September with their visit to the Baltimore Museum of Industry for their lecture and orientation on the 2019 essay theme, "The Port of Baltimore."

BMI Senior Educator Jack Burkett took the young scholars through an engaging and informative presentation and power point on the Port's history and reviewed potential topics for the contest.

The other three participating city schools, Mount Royal Middle, City Neighbors Charter, and Francis Scott Key Middle, will complete their BMI in the coming weeks.

Contest winners will be recognized at the BCHS History Honors ceremony on October 26, 2019 (details). Check out the results of the 2018 contest here.


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