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Lafayette Students win in 2021 Mississippi History Day State Contest

Winners of the 2021 Mississippi History Day State Contest were announced in a virtual awards ceremony on April 17. First, second and third place winners were chosen from the five contest categories. Special awards were also presented to students based on their projects.   

“We are so incredibly proud of what students across the state were able to produce this year,” said Al Wheat, state coordinator for Mississippi History Day and MDAH director of education. “Despite all the hurdles in front of them, these students were able to conduct research and create projects that were bordering on, if not exceeding, college level work. All the participants should be thrilled with the work they did this year.” 

More than eighty student projects were submitted for the annual event, which was held virtually for the second year in a row due to COVID-19. Judges from MDAH, the University of Southern Mississippi, the Mississippi Historical Society, and other organizations analyzed student papers, documentaries, websites, exhibits, performances, and research related to this year’s annual theme, “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.”  

The 2021 Mississippi History Day awards ceremony is available for viewing on the Mississippi History Day Facebook page. For more information about Mississippi History Day, visit the MDAH official websiteWinning entries from the contest categories are listed below: 

Senior Paper 

First PlaceAline L. (Oak Grove High School), “Making Myths Out of History: Remembering Bulgaria’s Batak Massacre” 

 

Second PlaceEmma L. (Pascagoula High School), “The Fighter in the Writer: Dr. Seuss’s Wartime Cartoons, Military Education Videos, and Political Allegories” 

 

Third PlaceShirl C. (Pascagoula High School), “The American Code Girls of WWII: Cracking the Code of Communication” 

 

Junior Individual Exhibit 

First PlaceAbigail M. (Jefferson Middle School), “British Suffrage Movement: The Struggle to be Understood” 

 

Senior Individual Exhibit 

First PlaceElsie A. (Lafayette High School), “Protest In The Spirit of Crazy Horse: The American Indian Movement” 

 

Second PlaceBerkley M. (Lafayette High School), “War Pigeons: The Unsung Heroes of Communication in the World Wars” 

 

Third PlaceGrace F. (Lafayette High School), “Communication of Culper Spy Ring” 

 

Senior Group Exhibit  

First PlaceMia D. and Olivia R. (Lafayette High School), “How the Titanic Communicated a New Message” 

 

Second PlaceKailey G. and Caden C. (Lafayette High School), “FDR: Chatting with the Nation” 

 

Third PlaceSara Jane W. and London-Grace D. (Lafayette High School), “The Inevitable Invention of the Internet and How it Changed the World” 

 

Senior Individual Performance  

First PlaceSarah H. (Lafayette High School), “Why Braille Is Important: The True Story” 

 

Senior Individual Documentary  

First PlaceNathan G. (Mississippi School for Math and Science), “Tapping in the Heart of Darkness” 

 

Second Place—April G. (Starkville High School), “Stirring the American Conscious: How Lewis Hine Exposed the Harsh Realities of Child Labor Through Social Photography” 

 

Third PlaceSloane C. (Lafayette High School), “Eleanor Roosevelt: Heroine Behind the Scenes” 

 

 

 

Senior Group Documentary 

First Place—Marly K. and Genesis W. (Lafayette High School), “Comic Book Communication: You Can Be Anything” 

 

Second PlaceMadison B. and Braylon R. (Lafayette High School), “The American Experience Through Selma’s Eyes” 

 

Third PlaceMary Margaret B., Kate D., Amanda K., and Neely W. (Starkville High School) “Jerry Mitchell: Uncovering the Truth” 

 

Senior Individual Website 

First PlaceHaley M. (Pascagoula High School), “Why We March – How the Language of Protest was the Key to LGBT Liberation” 

 

Second PlaceCatherine W. (Lafayette High School), “A Lady Never Tells…: The WWII Women in Espionage and Intelligence” 

 

Third PlaceAubrey G. (Lafayette High School), “Music and How it Tells our Stories” 

 

Senior Group Website 

First PlaceAmanda Z., Jessica Y., and Amy Z. (Mississippi School for Math and Science), “Hello Girls: The Trailblazers of Telecommunication in WWI” 

 

Second PlaceJa’Shaylee M. and Ja’Kaylee M. (Pascagoula High School), “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” 

 

Third PlaceNina P., Khushi P., Kinjal P., and Kashama M. (Mississippi School for Math and Science), “The Diversity of Indo-Aryan Languages in India” 

 

 

Special Awards  

Best Project in Mississippi History (Sponsored by the Mississippi Historical Society) 

WinnerPresleigh L. and Sydney H. (Lafayette High School), “The King of Rock and Roll: Message through Music” 

Honorable MentionDanaria W. (Lafayette High School), “Ida B. Wells: Shedding Light on Atrocities through Journalism” 

 

Black History Award (Sponsored by the Center for Black Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi) 

Winner—Ja’Shaylee M. and Ja’Kaylee M. (Pascagoula High School), “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” 

 

Honorable MentionKyle T. and Bralen W. (Lafayette High School), “Music: A Major Factor in Civil Rights” 

 

Best Project in Mass Media (Sponsored by the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Foundation) 

Winner—April G. (Starkville High School), “Stirring the American Conscious: How Lewis Hine Exposed the Harsh Realities of Child Labor Through Social Photography” 

 

Honorable Mention – Elsa P. (Lafayette High School), “The Jazz Singer: Revolutionizing Film Culture With Song” 

 

Best Project in Gulf South History (Sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Gulf South at the University of Southern Mississippi) 

WinnerBenjamin F. (Lafayette High School), “Blues: The Other Side of History” 

 

Honorable MentionAddison J. and Brooke H. (Lafayette High School), “Hidden Maps: Communicating Freedom in Quilts” 

 

Archival Award (Sponsored by the Society of Mississippi Archivists) 

WinnerSloane C. (Lafayette High School), “Eleanor Roosevelt: Heroine Behind the Scenes” 

 

Honorable MentionShirl C. (Pascagoula High School), “The American Code Girls of WWII: Cracking the Code of Communication” 

 

Oral History Award (Sponsored by the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Southern Mississippi)  

WinnerMarly K. and Genesis W. (Lafayette High School), “Comic Book Communication: You Can Be Anything” 

 

Women’s History Award (Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Center at the University of Southern Mississippi) 

WinnerCatherine W. (Lafayette High School), “A Lady Never Tells…: The WWII Women in Espionage and Intelligence” 

 

Honorable MentionAmanda Z., Jessica Y., and Amy Z. (Mississippi School for Math and Science), “Hello Girls: The Trailblazers of Telecommunication in WWI” 

 

Best Project in Military History (Sponsored by the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Southern Mississippi)  

WinnerNathan G. (Mississippi School for Math and Science), “Tapping in the Heart of Darkness” 

 

Honorable MentionBerkley M. (Lafayette High School), “War Pigeons: The Unsung Heroes of Communication in the World Wars” 

 

Best Projects in the Humanities (Sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council)   

WinnerAngelica N. (Pascagoula High School), “Viva La Raza: The Chicano Movement” 

 

WinnerKenaysia S., Daleisha F., Gabby M., and Jaylen C. (Pascagoula High School), “Communication in Civil Rights: The Pink Triangle.. A New Meaning” 

 

WinnerHaley M. (Pascagoula High School), “Why We March – How the Language of Protest was the Key to LGBT Liberation” 

 

 

 

 

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