Two brothers were among the eight Prince George’s County, Md. students honored at the 2012 Maryland History Day Competition.

Vishnu Rachakonda, a student at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, and his younger brother, Vinaichandra Rachakonda, a student at Kenmoor Middle School, will advance to the national competition in the paper category.

Vishnu received first place for his paper, “Norman Borlaug and the Green Revolution: A Period of Growth” while his brother finished second for “Sputnik1: The Revolution Started and the Reaction and Reform in America.”

The Rachakonda’s will represent Maryland at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest June 10-14 at the University of Maryland.

The Peace Study Center Award, sponsored by the Peace Study Center in Baltimore, was given to four Eleanor Roosevelt High students. Jenae Addison, Tosin Ajisebutu, Andrea Scott, and Kayla Young won for their exhibit, “Apartheid: Global Reaction.”

Eleanor Roosevelt students also proved to be excellent in cryptology category as two students took home the Milton Zaslow Award in Cryptology, sponsored by the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation. Jordan Lucas and Ngong Temateh won for “Setting the Standard for Warfare: USA vs. USSR.”

In addition to the students’ achievements, Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School teacher Kishanna Poteat-Brown received the Prince George’s County District History Day Teacher of the Year Award.