7 Manatee County students place in state History Day competition, head to nationals

Seven Manatee County students are going to the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. after placing in the state competition in Tallahassee on May 5.

A total of seven Manatee County students won three first place and one second place division awards at the Florida State History Fair competition, according to a release. It had 654 entries from 31 counties and 1,105 involved students.

The national competition will be from June 14 to June 18 in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Maryland.

The competition started months ago in Manatee County schools, and required students to develop projects in one of five categories: website, historical paper, exhibit, documentary or performance. The theme this year was: Leadership and Legacy in History.

First place winners:

- Hannah Arduini, eighth grade, from Carlos E. Haile Middle School, on, "Eleanor Roosevelt: the Legacy of Her Leadership in Human Rights."

- Felicia May, 10th grade, from State College of Florida Collegiate School, on, "Jane Addams and the Hull House: Providing Inspiration to Create Settlement Homes for People in Poverty."

- Sara Sutton, 10th grade, Miranda Wolf, ninth grade, Zoe Zimmerman, ninth grade, and Abigail Zion, ninth grade, from Manatee School for the Arts, on, "WASP: Women in WWII."

Second place winner:

- Kaitlin Folsom, ninth grade, from State College of Florida Collegiate School, on, "John Lennon: Leadership and Legacy Through Imagining Peace."