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Willard student competes in Ohio History Day

By MAISEE FRIED • Apr 27, 2019 at 6:00 PM

WILLARD — J’aime McLeod, a junior at Willard High School, will compete at the state level for Ohio History Day today.

The Ohio History Day contest will take place at Ohio Wesleyan University. The contest gives students the opportunity to study history independently and present their findings. The 2019 theme narrative is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.”

McLeod will be presenting at 9:10 a.m. today in the Phillips building.

Her documentary, “Desegregation: The Broken Promise of Education Equality in the United States,” focuses on how the currently policy for education regressed from the desegregation of schools. She has worked on her project for more than 130 hours, between creating the documentary, research and discussing details with her family and teachers.

Kyle VonKamp, an eighth-grade history teacher, encouraged McLeod to get involved in the project, as participation may be eligible for class credit, as it fulfills some of the Learning Standards for education in Ohio.

The projects are judged on compliance with things such as time, bibliography and process log. Clarity accounts for 20 percent of the grading scale, relation to theme accounts for another 20 percent and historical quality, 60 percent such as research and accuracy.

McLeod’s mother, Stephanie Breyman, said her daughter always has been interested in her family ancestry, even more so after a geology assignment at school. McLeod decided to look at inequalities in the school system as we know it today.

“It was very difficult for her to find information on her African-American family members,” Breyman said.

“I know J’aime understands that there is still much work to be done regarding equality on all fronts. I hope and believe she will use her knowledge, compassion and persistent nature to bring about change.”

McLeod hopes to live in the Washington area and study political science after high school. 

First- and second-place participants will be eligible to participate at the national level in June in Maryland.

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