A trio of West Jefferson High School (WJHS) students who have just returned from a national history project competition in Washington, D.C. were recognized by West Jefferson Village Council and Mayor Darlene Steele during council’s meeting Monday.
Students Garett Beachy, Erin Bradfield and Jimmy Foster traveled to the University of Maryland for the National History Day competition after winning the Ohio level of the competition. The group’s project “Campus in Chaos: The Ohio State University Riots of 1970” won the Senior Group Exhibit for the Ohio History Day state competition.
The trio competed and placed fourth in the national competition. The theme of this year’s competition was “Rights and Responsibilities.”
Beachy and Foster were accompanied by WJHS social studies teacher Jenny Siddiqi to council. Bradfield was unable to be present. The students brought their award-winning display to village hall for council to see. It will be on display for the next week at the building’s main entrance for the public to enjoy.
“I am just here to beam and gloat over them,” Siddiqi said. “I can’t tell you how proud I was of the behavior there and we got fourth in the competition. I would like to thank everyone in the city for the support we’ve had for this.”
Both Beachy and Foster spoke to council about the challenge of the project, the amount of work it took and their experience in Washington, D.C.
“It was a blast,” Foster said. “We got to see a lot of the city and the monuments in D.C.”
“It was a lot of work to put this entire board together,” Beachy said. “We went to the Ohio State University archives and the Ohio Historical archives. What we learned about the Ohio State riots was it was a pretty big deal and it would not have been possible without those rights and responsibilities.”
“The challenge was not that we didn’t find enough information on the riots, but that we found so much on the riots that we had to pick and choose what to use,” Foster said.
Beachy, Foster, Siddiqi and Bradfield received recognition certificates from village council and the mayor celebrating their accomplishments.
“We can all be proud of these kids because they are representative of the ones who have just graduated this spring from the high school,” Steele said.