Sara Cestero – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS junior Mustang Angel Potter is going to compete in the Florida History Day state contest May 7-9in Tallahassee.
National History Day (NHD) is a nonprofit education program that improves the teaching and learning of history in schools around the country with more than two million people engaged in it annually.
This program helps students learn history as well as teaching them important skills for interviews and applications.
Students hoping to enter this contest must write a paper answering a prompt that changes annually. This year’s theme was Frontiers in History, where students were asked to do research on a topic of their choice in this subject and write a 1,500-2,500-word paper with an annotated bibliography included.
This is not Potter’s first time competing in this annual contest. “Every year I look forward to participating because it provides me with the freedom to research what I would like, and it challenges me to do better than I did in previous years,” Potter said.
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Potter is the only Mustang participating in the state competition, where she will have to present her paper, “Argo: Exploring New Frontiers in Exfiltration, Covert Operations, and International Relations,” to a panel of judges as well as show it in a public exhibit at Tallahassee Community College.
Potter will be judged in the senior division which includes high school aged students. Students are competing for first, second, and third places that win prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250 respectively.
There is also a grand prize of a four-year full tuition scholarship to Case Western Reserve University and partial tuition scholarships to other colleges in the Unites States with other special prizes being awarded to students with topics in African American, Colonial, and Women’s history.
“History Day has encouraged me to grow in a variety of academic areas, such as helping me become a better writer and researcher,” said Potter. “I hope to come back and support the History Day program as a judge, since I believe that it is an incredibly valuable experience for students.”