Leon High students take top honors at National History Fair
Democrat staff writer
Creed King and Kate Powell, rising juniors at Leon High School, won first place in the Senior group Exhibit category at the national finals for the National History Day Contest Thursday.
The competition took place at the University of Maryland in College Park.
Their project, titled, “Are You Going to Help Me Save the World? From Nuremberg to Now: Benjamin Ferencz’s Lifelong Stand for LAW. NOT WAR,” was on display Wednesday at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, according to a news release.
Their project won against entries from more than half a million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia in the 2017 National History Day® Contest.
For King, the experience of personally interviewing Benjamin Ferencz, the last living prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials and two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will stay with her.
She also made note of the archives available at Florida State University at the Institute for World War II and the Human Experience.
“They are not well-known, and therefore not over-used,” she said.
For Powell, the connection to her grandfather, a surviving World War II veteran, made the project a powerful experience.
“Also, Mr. Ferencz is an amazing man and we are so thankful to have had the opportunity to hear his story firsthand,” she said.
Powell and King will be distinguished as National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars as they return home to Tallahassee.
This is the fourth time competing for the two, who have been placing together in the history competition since 6th grade.
Courtesy of Tallahassee Democrat
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