SCFCS Students Headed to State History Competition

(Bradenton, Fla., April 17, 2013) — Three State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) students are headed to the Florida History Fair held in Tallahassee May 5 – 7 after excelling in a history competition at the Manatee County Fair Grounds on Feb. 14.

SCFCS winners who were selected among more than 200 students at the Manatee County History Fair to advance to the state competition are seventh-grader Nicholas Barbarito, "Sputnik: Genesis of the Space Age," first place, Junior Division Individual Exhibit Board; ninth-grader Jacob Owens, "John Brown's Raid: A Turning Point in American History," first place, Senior Division Historical Paper; and eighth-grader Damien Bobrek "The Atomic Bomb," second place, Junior Division Individual Website.

In addition, other SCFCS students received awards at the Manatee County History Fair, including ninth-grader Kiana Ramos Fredericks, "Roe vs. Wade," second place, Senior Individual Exhibit Board; eighth-grader Elisabeth Anne Frame, "Brown vs. Board of Education: The Case that Ended Segregation," third place, Junior Historical Paper; ninth-grader Joshua Michael Gene Coe, "The Internet: Influences on America," third place, Senior Division Historical Paper. Jennifer Tinoco won the Hispanic Heritage Prize for her project, "Si, Se Puede!"

Students’ entries included projects such as exhibit boards and websites based on the 2013 National History Day theme, “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas and Events,” and they were required to give interviews and defend their positions.

Students with winning projects at the Florida History Fair will advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park held June 9 -13.

LaTonja McNeil, SCFCS world history instructor, and Michelle Ayling, SFCS social studies instructor, contributed to students’ success. More information about SCFCS is available online at

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