Students Compete in Annual History Fair

It's been said 'you have to know where you came from to get where you're going.’ Some Bay County students say they used that advice while preparing exhibits for the annual Tom Barefield History Fair.

This year the competition required students to research a person, then prepare a paper, exhibit, documentary or performance to demonstrate their knowledge. Judges interviewed the students throughout the day.

We caught up with some of them to get their thoughts on history.

"They say history repeats itself and it could really help us in the future to not make the same mistakes that people have in the past. You can really learn how things were created and it just gives you a better appreciation for your ancestors and where we came from," said Ariel Painter, Rutherford High Sophomore.

"I walk around and I see all these projects and I learned a lot about Bay County history, some about like Queen Elizabeth, and then last night at the public viewing a whole bunch of people came and viewed and people got interested and it kind of brought people together and they learned about the history, some unspoken history you might say," said Edmund Armstrong, a Rutherford High freshman.

"We learn from other people. I mean, that's what life’s all about. If we learn from other people's mistakes and things that they've done then we won't do that later in life," said Alyssa Hedman, an Arnold High freshman.

The first and second place winners at this district competition will move on to the Florida State History Fair in Tallahassee. The state winners will continue to the national competition in Maryland.

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