A lesson plan created by West Feliciana High School teacher Nicole Means recently placed second in a competition for the Council for the Middle East Studies competition.

The plan Means submitted was the result of a trip to Oman and Zanzibar through the Fulbright-Hayes program. It will be shared on the council's website as well as placed on lesson plan CDs that will be created at teacher conferences, including the National Social Studies Conference in November.

Means received a $100 award and eight new books for the West Feliciana High library. The books are current titles on the Middle East, including nonfiction and fiction books, for high school students.

Means has taught world geography at the high school since 2001 and has taught AP human geography for two years. Because of her work in the AP course, Means was selected to travel to South Korea this past summer.