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FMS students qualify for virtual History Day Minnesota state competition
Posted 04/16/2020 02:06PM

Congratulations to Fridley Middle School (FMS) 8th grade students Emily Duba and Britney Merchan, who qualified for the National History Day Minnesota statewide competition!

Duba and Merchan's exhibit project, "Loving v. Virginia; Breaking the Marriage Barrier," centered around the 1967 historic, landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down laws banning interracial marriage.

All FMS 8th grade students presented their projects at the schoolwide competition on February 13. More than 30 students were selected to advance to the regional competition. Due to COVID-19 statewide social distancing requirements,  the regional competition was held online.

This year, the state competition will be held virtually on May 2, with final round entries posted at 5 p.m. on the State History Day website and social media. 

Both students expressed surprise and excitement upon learning their good news. "I was really excited when we found out," said Merchan.  Duba added, "I immediately thought, 'wow, our hard work paid off!' I wasn't expecting it but I am so excited."

FMS Individuals and Societies teacher Aaron Cuthbert said Duba and Merchan should be incredibly proud of themselves. "The statewide Minnesota competition is incredibly competitive compared to the nationwide event," he said. "It's always been said that if you make it to state in Minnesota, you have a nationals-caliber project."

Congratulations Emily and Britney - and good luck in the state competition!


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