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Six Middle School Students Qualify for State History Contest

February 28, 2020

More than 20 Sycamore Springs Middle School students competed at the CenTex Regional History Fair on Feb. 22, 2020, and the projects of six students are moving on to the state contest in April. Two other projects won special awards and three others recorded top-three finishes.

Projects that placed first or second in their categories and earned the right to move on to state competition are:

Documentary - Individual
1st - Elodie Griffin - "Nellie Bly"
2nd - Izzy Verhulst - "Gloria Steinem"

Performance - Individual
2nd - Luke Voss - "Discovery of Insulin"

Website - Individual
1st - Molly Breland - "Walt Disney"

Website - Group
1st - Stephanie Gearing and Michael Gearing - "The Wright Brothers"

Two projects won special awards. Elodie Griffin received the Daughters of the American Revolution Women in American History Award for her Nellie Bly documentary, and the pair of Audrey Avery and Susan Nestlerode won the Locke Lord LLP Legal History Award for their exhibit on Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In addition, three student projects placed third in their categories, just missing the cut-off to advance to state competition:

Documentary - Group
3rd - Walter Bristol and Zach Betzing - "The Rockets of Coalwood"

Exhibit - Group
3rd - Aaley Larson and Madisann Muth - "Katherine Johnson"

Performance - Individual
3rd - Bliss Mohon - "Joan of Arc"

The state contest will be held on April 25 at the Bob Bullock Museum and the University of Texas.