Local students take wins at district history fair

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By Angye Morrison

The Gadsden County winners in the District History Fair 2009 were announced at last week’s school board meeting.

The first place winners in the Group Performance (Junior) category for their entry, “Individual in History: Barack Obama,” were Landus Anderson, Christopher Pillers and Malik Thomas. Taking second place in the category for their entry, “The First Black President: Barack Obama,” were Nadja Conner, Selena Ellis and Trinity Burgess.

Charlandria Brown won second place for her Individual Exhibit (Senior) entry, “Bessie Coleman: Daring to Fly.”

Taking first place in the Individual Exhibit (Junior) exhibit for her entry about Cesar Chavez was Julia Hernandez, while second place was claimed by Frany Mejia for her entry about Eleanor Roosevelt.

In the Group Exhibit (Senior) category, Monique Derico, Shantoria Murphy and Jack Garcia won first place for their entry on Mae Jamison. Second place was won by Ridrina Ford, Canary Zanders, Travis Cooper and Nael Halim, for their entry, “Jackie Robinson: Breaking the Color Barrier.”

In the Individual Documentary (Senior) category, Phelisa Collier won first place for “First African-American Cardiologist: Daniel Hale Williams.” Amaris Mock won second with the entry entitled, “Lift Every Voice and Sing Achievements: James Weldon Johnson.”

In the same category, junior division, Jalen Jackson won first place for his entry on Albert Einstein, while Ja’Lyn McMillian won second for an entry about Marion Anderson.

And in the Group Documentary (Senior) category, Rebecca Tryillo, Jamoyia Taylor, Krystal Smith and Akeria Betsey won first place for their entry, “Walt Disney: Disney World, Mickey Mouse and Company Come to Florida.” Second place was claimed by Jimmy Clausell and Darrell Brown, whose entry was about Elvis Presley.

The event’s focus was “The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies.” Students were challenged to study the impact of an individual in history, and examine and find the defining moment in that individual’s lifetime.