Isabella Heupel – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Four LRHS Mustangs received recognition from this month’s Manatee County History Fair .

Sophomore Angel Potter won first place in the senior paper category with her essay, “Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait For Liberty?”

Potter said, “I picked my paper topic, the Silent Sentinels’ role in woman’s suffrage, because I am very passionate about women’s rights and the fight to gain more equality in America. I knew that I wanted to do a women’s history topic, and upon discovering the Silent Sentinels I realized that it fit perfectly for this year’s theme, Debate and Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, and Consequences.”

Junior Ava Maria Ipjian won second place with her essay, “Scientists’ Opinions on Nuclear Weapons – How They Influenced the General Public.”

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Junior Thomas Stochl won third place with his essay, “Debate and Diplomacy, A Battle for the Soul of the Nation: The U.S. Annexation of the Philippines.”

Potter and Ipjian were selected to represent Manatee County at the Florida History Day, scheduled May 1-3 in Tallahassee.

Ipjian said, “I think the best part of being invited to the state fair is that all of my hard work that went into my paper paid off. I am ecstatic to compete in the state history fair.”

Junior Naika Dumorne was recognized as a special prize winner for her essay, “Voting Rights Act of 1965: The Pinnacle Turning Point of the Civil Rights Movement.” 

Dumorne stated, “I picked my paper topic because it was something I was personally interested in due to my background, and the civil rights era has always been an interesting period with an abundance of information that can be researched.”