On Mar. 22, 2015, the annual
Local Mississippi History Awards were given at the Mississippi History Day competition at the University of Southern Mississippi.
The goal of the award is to deepen student appreciation of and exploration of the untold stories and role of “everyday people” in local Mississippi history, using the
National History Day competition as an incentive and a focus for student projects. (See 2013 and 2014 awardees.)
Thanks to a grant from the
W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Teaching for Change, five Local History Awards were given for $100 for each student or student team.
2015 Award Winners
Freedom Riders Website (Junior Group Website)
Asia Lamkin (not in photo), Lauren Johns, Jaden Martin. Denman JH and McComb HS. Colvard, McCarthy, and the 1963 Mississippi State Basketball Team:
Game Changers in the Fight Against Segregation (Senior Paper)
Jonathan Franz with Julian Hipkins III All Aboard: A Brotherhood Leadership for a National Legacy (Senior Group Documentary)
Asia Lamkin (not in photo), Lauren Johns, Jaden Martin. Denman JH and McComb HS. The Mississippi Man (Senior Group Performance)
K.J. Peebles, Keanna Rush, Andria Carter, Traveon Wingo, Hannah Bennett, Neshoba Youth Coalition Elvis Presley (Junior Group Documentary)
Jackson Rhoades, Sarah Daniels, Francesca Patawaran, Tupelo Middle School Judges, Coordinators, and Teachers
Local history award judges (L to R) Jackie Byrd Martin, Tristal Watson, Marsha McNeil, Alma McDonald, and Julian Hipkins III. (McDonald, Watson, and McNeil are Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Labor History teacher fellows.)
McComb teacher Alan Wheat will lead the Mississippi team to History Day Nationals in Maryland in June.
Teacher fellow Anthony Golding brought students from Tupelo Middle School.
Dr. Allison Abra, assistant professor of history at USM and MHD co-coordinator.
Photos by Alma McDonald.