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After being postponed and rescheduled twice due to snow days, Windham's annual History Day finally made the books.
Stephanie Parish Smith, Windham's history teacher who has organized the event each of the past three years, said the snow days have been a logistical nightmare for planning.
"Every time we would get the displays set up (in the gym), we'd have to take them down because of a practice in here or something," she said.
The annual event was held Friday after school because the semester ended at midnight that night and grades needed to be finalized.
Roughly 20 displays were scattered around the gymnasium, with 11 of them set to advance to the regional competition at Youngstown State University on April 1. All of the entrants were either 7th or 8th grade students at Windham schools.
This year's theme was "Taking A Stand," and revolved around individuals and movements throughout history that stood up against something negative in the world.
Near the entrance of the gym was a rotating triangle display decorated with statistics on sexual abuse in the U.S. and letters from victims. The project contained information on the Take Back the Night movement, which hosts rallies and marches internationally, advocates against domestic abuse and ending sexual violence.
Despite having never been tosuch an event, the group of 8th graders -- Jessica Riley, Morgan Lovett, Madison Wiley and Taylor Richter -- said they thought the topic matched the theme perfectly.
"The theme is taking a stand, and women are really trying to take a stand against sexual harassment against them because this is such a big problem today. They want it to stop," said Richter.
One group did their project on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, an early 20th Century tragedy that resulted in the deaths of women and girls who worked in a clothing factory in New York. and the response of the government to prevent another such tragedy from happening again. That group, consisting of Keith Richmond, Kylee Gardner, Sydni Colian and Isis Post, had paper flames adorning their posterboard.
Another group did their project on the May 4, 1970 shooting at Kent State University. Along with reference books on the subject, an old box TV set sat atop their bookshelf display.
"The Vietnam War was the first to be televised for the nation to see, so that's why we've got a TV here," said Zoey St John, a 7th grader. "People actually saw first hand what was happening and the students at Kent State decided to do something about it."
Joining St. John were Dylan Hessling, Dominick Oborn and Kaylee Nickol.
Other projects highlighted prominent events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, and individuals throughout history, including Civil Rights Movement leader Mamie Till, whose son Emmett Till, was murdered in Mississippi in 1955; Sophie Scholl, a German student who protested in Nazi Germany and was killed for her actions; and primatologist Jane Goodall, best known for her work with chimpanzees and as a UN Messenger of Peace.