Lyle Bordelon-Walker, an eighth-grader at Runnels Junior High School, won first place in Research Papers, junior division, at the State History Day Contest held April 12 at the World War II Museum in New Orleans.

His prizes included a medal and $500 to help cover the cost of traveling to the University of Maryland in June, where he will compete in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest. His rivals will be winners from across the United States, American Samoa, Guam, International Schools and Department of Defense schools in Europe.

Lyle’s research paper, “The Fall of the Wall,” was prepared and submitted to the competition as a project for the Runnels History Club. Also representing Runnels at the state level were sophomore Lee Parker and freshmen Matt Gallant and John Wiese.

Lyle Bordelon-Walker is the son of Michael Bordelon and Jason Walker.