Margret Atkinson, a teacher at Copper Mill Elementary and Northwestern Middle schools in Zachary, is one of 23 national ambassadors selected for the annual National History Day event slated for June 12-16 at the University of Maryland.

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is the official state sponsor of National History Day in Louisiana and host of the state contest. Zachary students competed in the NHD’s Baton Rouge Region contest in March, and five projects qualified to advance to the NHD event in June.

Created by Atkinson’s students, the five winning projects are as follows:

FIRST PLACE: GROUP DOCUMENTARY

  • “EBOLA: The Exploration, Encounter and Exchange” by NMS eighth-graders Celeste Cavell, John Thomas Hernandez and Hannah Kelley

FIRST PLACE: INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE

  • “THE BATON ROUGE BUS BOYCOTT: Exchange of Ideas” by Copper Mill sixth-grader Lauren Perkins

SECOND PLACE: GROUP WEBSITE

  • “THE OPTICAL MICROSCOPE: Exploration Within Technology” by NMS seventh-graders Nicholas Nalepa and Nathaniel Turner

SECOND PLACE: INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE

  • “ENCOUNTERING HISTORY THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGY: Roanoke” by NMS eighth-grader Ella Thompson

SECOND PLACE: INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY

  • “CHARLES DARWIN AND THE GALAPAGOS: The Exchange of Ideas” by NMS eighth-grader Cole Johnson