Five students from Manatee School for the Arts emerged from Manatee County History Fair competition to represent the county at the Florida History Fair May 5-7 in Tallahassee.

Special to the HeraldApril 29, 2013 

Five students from Manatee School for the Arts emerged from Manatee County History Fair competition to represent the county at the Florida History Fair May 5-7 in Tallahassee.

Manatee County has conducted a History Fair for 28 years. Out of 281 projects and 446 students, MSA students will represent the county in three of five categories.

The Florida History Fair is an annual competition that encompasses a great deal of teaching, learning and digging deeply into history research based on the theme chosen each year.

The 2013 National History Day theme is: Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.

Students will competefor a chance to represent Florida at National History Day June 9-13 in College Park, Md.

MSA students chosen for the state competition include Jesus Urieta, for Senior Individual Exhibit Board; Julia Hereford, Celine Brice and Miles DeMint, for Senior Group Performance; and Emily Akers, for Senior Individual Documentary.

"I chose to study Beethoven and how he himself is aturning point in history," DeMint said.

Akers said, "In the process of creating my entries,I had to learn how to useMovieMaker and put clips together to create avideo, a skill that I have since used for several school projects."

Melissa Porter, education and volunteer coordinatorfor Manatee Village Historical Park, emphasized theimportance of getting anearly start to qualify for the state history fair competition.

"Everyone at MSA isexcited about the possibil-ities of placing at thestate competition, whichmay lead to attendingnationals in Maryland," she said.

Students should develop topic ideas early in the school year, she said.

"Start early and give students specific deadlines throughout the process," Porter said.

Porter said this competition encourages entrants to dig deep and thoroughly understand history.

She said parents will appreciate that doing this project helps students excel on standardized tests, a great perk of participating.

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