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LRHS honors its History Fair winners. Left of right Principal Dustin Dahlquist, Ava Ipjian, Thomas Stochl, Angel Potter, Naika Dumorne, teacher Thomas Honsa.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Four Mustangs were recognized Thursday for their success in the Manatee County History Fair.

Sophomore Angel Potter, juniors Naika Dumorne, Thomas Stochl, and Ava Maria Ipjian received medals and certificates from the Manatee County Historical Commission.

LRHS social studies teacher and history fair adviser Tom Honsa said, “These Mustangs produced outstanding research papers. Their quality reflects their commitment to academic excellence.”

The Mustangs had a clean sweep of the “Senior Paper” category with Potter placing first, Ipjian placing second, and Stochl placing third.

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Dumorne was a special American History prize winner for her work.  Potter’s paper dealt with American women’s right to vote.  

 “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,” said Potter. “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.”

Ipjian said, “My project was about the science options on nuclear weapons and how they influence the public. I am excited that I am heading to the states as I worked hard on my paper and devoted a lot of time to this project.”

Potter and Ipjian will be proceeding to the state history fair for further judging.

Honsa added, “I am sure the Mustangs that are progressing to the state history fair will represent LRHS and Manatee County well.”