What do the American Revolution, Vietnam War, Hawaiian annexation, the Treaty of Nanjing and Shirley Chisholm have in common?
All were winning exhibit topics of this year’s Hernando County School District History Fair, with the theme "Conflict and Compromise."The district fair featured 150 exhibits in the Junior (middle school) and Senior (high school) divisions. Fifty students advance to the state competition in Tallahasee in May.
"Just about every school had a project," said Winding Waters history teacher Michael Cooper, who coordinated the event with Damien Clark, history teacher at Weeki Wachee High School. "In fact, Parrott (middle school) had more than ever before."
Cooper and Clark took the reins of the district fair from Suzanne Miranda, a history teacher at Springstead, who coordinated the event for about 20 years.
"She is a great lady, the mother of the history fair," Cooper said.
This year’s fair, held Feb. 10, was hosted by Winding Waters K-8 in Weeki Wachee, a first time for the school. As a former history teacher herself, Winding Waters Principal Janet Cerro welcomed the event.
"I was interested in seeing the projects of students throughout the district," Cerro said. "I particularly liked this year’s theme ... because it allows our young people to look to the past and identify how our country transitioned from conflict."
Cerro said she was impressed with the projects.
"Some, particularly those in the individual documentaries, were really were amazing," she said. "I really felt I was watching the History Channel.
"It was amazing to hear some of the judges saying, ‘I didn’t know that!’ and ‘I learned something today.’ When that happens, that’s what makes it great."