Isabella Estrada – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last week LRHS junior Lily Potter represented the school by competing in the yearly Florida State History Fair.

Potter’s experience started at the local level when she was recognized at February’s Manatee County History Fair.  Judges there chose her project to advance to state

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LRHS junior Lili Potter demonstrates musical talents.

competition.

Each competing student created a paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, or website relating to this year’s theme, “Triumph and Tragedy in History.”  Each project then was graded by judges who chose the winners.

In years before Potter created websites and posters, but this year she chose to write an essay.  She specifically focused on The Flying Wallendas; a circus act located in Sarasota. She said, “They are high wire circus performers who started in Germany and over the years migrated to Florida.”

Throughout her ten-page paper Potter made sure to focus on how they overcame many struggles so that they could make their way in America.

Potter then was faced with reading her paper to a group of judges who would study and analyze her work.

“It’s very intense and there is a lot of responsibility in not wanting to let anyone down,” she said.

Over 58,000 projects were submitted in Florida and though Potter didn’t get the opportunity to compete at a State level she is very grateful for the opportunity presented.

“I had a really fun time creating my project and have learned so much about creating an interesting and memorable essay. I hope to continue to learn more and go even farther next year,” shared Potter.

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