Four Magnet students, rising seniors Laura Garcia-Rada, Caitlyn Hatchett, Joanna Sims, and Myjoycia Cezar, represented Louisiana in the National History Day competition held at the University of Maryland, College Park from June 12-15. Each student worked for months on individual research projects and earned 1st or 2nd place in their category at the state competition before advancing to nationals.
Caitlyn Hatchett won the Outstanding Entry Award for her research paper on Revolutionary War hero John Laurens, the highest scoring project from Louisiana. The girls, along with chaperones, history teacher Dionne Procell-Brown and parent Mary Cezar, not only enjoyed discussing their research with judges and representing Magnet and their state, but they also enjoyed lots of sightseeing. Mrs. Procell-Brown and Mrs. Soileau have their students complete National History Day projects because it’s such a rewarding program. Students learn a great deal of research skills and can also win scholarships and other special awards through the program.