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Students seek support to reach national history competition

Photo: Hernando students pose with certificates after their finish in the Mississippi History Day competition in April. (Courtesy photo)

There’s a group of Hernando students that would like some support to be able to compete at a National History Day competition happening next month.  

The girls competed in the Mississippi History Day competition last month at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson and won the competition. 

According to the Mississippi Department Archives and History website, there would be prize money involved.

“In addition to placing in each category, students at the state and national level have the opportunity to win monetary prizes through special awards,” the website said. 

However, no prize money was awarded with their first place finishes and now the girls have to raise their own money to make the trip to College Park, Maryland, where the national competition will be held on June 15.

Jessica Stanton has now started a GoFundMe page with a goal of $10,000, of which at least $1,450 has already been donated. The link to the GoFundMe page is here: 

National History Day (NHD) is a nationwide competition that encourages middle and high school students to develop creative, original historical research based around an annual theme. The 2023 theme is “Frontiers in History: People, Places, Idea.”

Mississippi History Day’s primary sponsor is the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, with the University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi University for Women serving as regional competition sponsors.

Hernando students who won at Mississippi History Day competition (Courtesy photo)

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