Gulf Breeze students win big at Santa Rosa County History Fair

Posted on March 5, 2019 by Staff reports

Gulf Breeze Middle School on February 1 hosted the Santa Rosa County History Fair. More than 30 students from area schools participated, and students from the Gulf Breeze area took away multiple awards.

Participants included students from Gulf Breeze Middle, Avalon Middle, King Middle, Gulf Breeze High and the Homeschool Community who presented their National History Day projects to be judged.

This year’s theme was Triumph and Tragedy in History.

Students from Gulf Breeze took home seven first place ribbons, four second place ribbons and two second place ribbons. The first and second place winners will continue on to the state competition on May 5-7 in Tallahassee.

Gulf Breeze Middle School winners

Individual Exhibits

  • First Place – We Hold the Rock – Meghan Thacker
  • Second Place – The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory: Tragic Fire Creates Triumph for Factory Workers – Addy Ware
  • Third Place – The Joke was on Them: Elizabeth Blackwell, Pioneer in Women’s Health Care – Elyse Fulford

Group Exhibits

  • First Place – The Radium Girls: Tragic Deaths but a Legacy of Triumph – Journey Davis and Lauren Hitchcock
  • Second Place – The Rise and Fall of Agent Orange – Rico Stamey and Graham Clark

Individual Websites

  • First Place – World War II’s Forgotten Fighters: Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) – Whitney Bouk
  • Second Place – Apollo 13: A Triumph Against Time – Amelia Hoitt

Group Websites

  • Third Place – Nine Students Face the Tragedy of Integration – Matthew Barrs and Brandon Collins

Individual Documentary

  • First Place – The Tragedy of Polio and the Triumph of the Vaccine’s Support from the March of Dimes – Amelia Atchison
  • Special Prize – Daughters of the American Revolution – Whitney Bouk


Gulf Breeze High School winners

Historical Paper (Senior)

  • First Place – Victory or Death: The Triumph of Washington’s Crossing – Shayla White


Homeschool winners


Historical Paper (Senior)

  • Second Place – Sacrifice, Sabotage, & Skis: Norway Strikes Back Against the Third Reich – Eli Smith

Historical Paper (Junior)

  • First Place – Ethyl: The Phantom Menace – Derek Smith