St. Mary's students advance to national competition

TICONDEROGA - A pair of St. Mary's School students have earned a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national History Day competition.

Natasha LaFrance and Rachel White, sixth grade students at St. Mary's School in Ticonderoga, competed at the New York State History Day competition in Cooperstown April 30, taking second place and winning a spot in the national event.

National History Day, a year-long educational program sponsored in New York State by the New York State Historical Association, encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history.

The St. Mary's School exhibit entry, titled "Vauban Fortification," about the shape and design of forts like Fort Ticonderoga, won second place in its division and category.

"This is a tremendous achievement for Natasha and Rachel, as this is the first time they have ever competed," said Lori Fox, school social studies teacher. "Winning second place qualifies them to compete at the national level in College Park, Md., outside Washington, D.C. There they will be up against groups from across the nation who have won their state competition.

"In order to help offset the cost of traveling and staying near Washington D.C., Rachel and Natasha will need to raise funds and will be conducting fundraisers and seeking sponsors from local business and organizations," Fox said.

Anyone is willing to sponsor the competitors can contact Fox at St. Mary's School at 585-7433.

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