Black River High School students compete in Vermont History Day

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Black River High School students won several awards in Montpelier on Vermont History Day. Photos provided.

LUDLOW, Vt. – Black River High School and Middle School students competed in Vermont History Day on Saturday, April 8 at Montpelier High School. Natasha Fortin won first place for her senior individual documentary, “Frontier of Change: Nichelle Nichols’ Conflict and Compromise Regarding her Role in Star Trek.” Sadie Kobak earned second place for her junior individual documentary, “Women’s Suffrage and the Political Career of Edna Beard.” Greta Fairbanks won third place for her junior individual exhibit, “Conflict and Compromise: Nazi Medical Experiments.”

Jaylin Erickson and Lillian Varga brought home the Labor History prize and third place for their junior group documentary, “Struggle for Equality: Ellen David Friedman and the Labor Movement in Vermont.”

Graeffn Anderson won a special prize, second place for Outstanding Use of Primary Sources for his senior individual documentary, “Eugenics and Vermont.”

The students’ advisor Suzette Cyr was nominated for the James Harris Award: Junior Division for her inspiring work with Black River students.

Cyr, Natasha, and Sadie will be competing at National History Day at the University of Maryland in June. Best of luck as they represent Black River, Ludlow, and Vermont!

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