SCF Collegiate School Students Compete in National History Day Contest

(Bradenton, Fla., June 25, 2015) — State College of Florida Collegiate School students competed with more than 3,000 students at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day contest June 14-18 at University of Maryland, College Park, after excelling at the state competition.

Kaitlin Folsom, ninth grade, placed 11th in the national contest for her Performance Category work, “John Lennon: Leadership and Legacy Through Imagining Peace.” She previously earned second place in the Senior Individual Performance Category at the Florida History Fair May 3-5 in Tallahassee.

Felicia May also excelled in the state competition, winning first place in the Senior Historical Papers Category for “Jane Addams and the Hull House: Providing Inspiration to Create Settlement Homes for People in Poverty.” May also is a Collegiate School ninth-grader.

LaTonja McNeil, SCFCS world history instructor, contributed to the students' success. She said the students did an “outstanding” job of highlighting the National History Day theme of “Leadership and Legacy,” and she is proud of their hard work and dedication in using their research skills to achieve such a high-level of distinction.

“The greatest reward for me is to see students articulate learning through their own interpretation of history and analysis. I do not teach students what to think, but instead I encourage them to think for themselves and apply what they have learned in their lives. This competition helps me motivate students to unravel the mysteries of history and discover that they can achieve more than they ever thought was possible,” McNeil said.

As an innovative, technology-oriented school, SCFCS is a tuition-free public charter school with grades 6-12 at SCF Bradenton. Students in 11th grade enroll in the Accelerated College Program to receive guidance and support from SCFCS while taking college courses with an opportunity to earn simultaneously a high school diploma and an associate degree. A partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University provides a scholarship program for SCFCS graduates to continue to FGCU for a baccalaureate degree.

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