MOUNT VERNON — History came to life —sort of — when Mount Vernon Middle School students presented projects for the annual History Day competition. This year 25 students qualified to advance to the regional competition which took place March 23 at Otterbein College.
Students could choose to develop an exhibit about an historic figure, event or invention, prepare a performance highlighting an event or trend that impacted future generations and, new for this year, students could develop a website dealing with an historic topic.
Seventh-grader Veronica Morgan chose to create a display about Helen Keller. “I chose her,” she said, “ because I find her very inspirational. She changed the lives of many, many blind and deaf people, then and today.” As part of her research, Veronica interviewed the principal of the Ohio State School for the Blind, who told her it is because of Helen Keller blind people today have so many opportunities.
Emily Waters is interested in Apple computer products, and that got her thinking about Steve Jobs, whom she chose to write about for her project. “I thought it was cool with how they came up with the company name,’ Emily said. “He used to work on an apple farm and he loved the cover on one of the Beatles’ records that was an apple. So that inspired the company name.”
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