Students from across the nation are delving into history.
Alyssa Kiffer from Benton Middle School in Manassas is one of them.
The seventh-grader won first for the Virginia State History Day competition’s junior individual documentary division, according to a release from Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS).
History Teacher Anne Walker helped Alyssa with her documentary, “The Little Rock Nine and the Crisis at Central High: The Triumph of Desegregation and The Tragedy of Increased Racial Hate and Violence.”
It covered desegregation in Little Rock, AR and focused on nine Central High School students.
“I am truly impressed with the amount of effort Alyssa has put into this project. She has gone above and beyond expectations, managing to interview one of the nine,” Walker said in a release. “Her analysis of the events around the Little Rock Nine meet both themes of ‘Triumph’ and ‘Tragedy’ and really impressed the state judges.”
Alyssa is participating in the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, College Park, in June.
Almost 3,000 people from across the country are expected to compete in the event.