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Lafayette High School Students Earn High Honors at History Competition

Lafayette High School students enrolled in the inaugural combination U.S. History and English II class recently competed at the Mississippi History Day state competition held at the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg on March 23, 2019.

Students throughout the state selected and researched a topic related to the National History Day 2019 theme of “Triumph and Tragedy in History.”

Due to the participation of these Lafayette students, the overall quality of projects, research and registration numbers increased at this state competition.

Students who placed in first or second place qualified to compete in and attend the National History Day competition held at the University of Maryland on June 9-13, 2019. They are currently working to raise money in order to attend.

The following students received awards:

● Stephanie Kellum, First-Place Individual Website Category titled “Stax Records: How a Southern Record Label Revolutionized Music and Society”

● Christasha Turner, First-Place Individual Documentary Category titled “Emmett Till: The Foundation of the Civil Rights Movement”

● Cheyenne Jones and Hayden Williams, First-Place Group Exhibit Category titled “Rodeo Safety: Triumphant Equipment from Tragedies”

● Blake Loper, Second-Place Individual Exhibit Category and Special Maritime History Award titled “A Man and His Ship: The Triumph and Tragedy of the USS Maryland”

● JaNaudia Harris and Cristian Leyva, Second-Place Group Website Category titled “Love Doesn’t See Color – Loving v. Virginia”

● Harlee Quarles and Rebecca Varner, Second-Place Group Exhibit Category titled “From Rags to Riches in Mississippi Music Featuring Elvis Presley & Charley Pride”

● J.T. Hall, Second-Place Individual Exhibit Category and Special War & Society Award Honorable Mention titled “From Personal Tragedy to American Triumph: Abraham Woodhull, One of Washington’s Spies”

● Abbey Burns and Amanda Farrow, Second-Place Group Exhibit Category titled “The Birth of American Music – The Mississippi Blues”

To make a donation to help the students in reaching National History Day, contact Marisa Atkinson at Lafayette High School at 662-234-3614.

Courtesy of Lafayette County School District

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