Juniors Use Writing, Technical Skills to Explore History
Byline: Jessica Fabbri
Many St. Charles High School juniors have worked feverishly to put the finishing touches on their History Fair projects.
History Fair is a competition that allows students to learn about various aspects of their local history. Most of the competitors in History Fair are juniors. This year's national History Fair topic has to do with technology.
Many students who participate in History Fair use it as an opportunity to learn a bit more about themselves.
"History Fair has helped me understand my background as a Polish-American," junior Justin Sikora said. "I learned about the expanding Polish culture in Chicago. History Fair has given me an opportunity to research my ancestors."
Sikora's project is about why Polish immigrants moved from Poland to Chicago, and their effect on the area.
The History Fair also allows students to study the local area.
"It is a great opportunity to use analysis, and since local history is no longer a specific topic or course, it's a way that they can study the local area," said Pat Taylor, a history teacher who participates in History Fair.
Junior Kristen Godfrey, who researched the life span of terra-cotta facades in Chicago and the effect they had, said: "History Fair has made me more familiar with the atmosphere and the buildings of Chicago. It was a lot of work, but it was fun and interesting, so it wasn't a big deal.
"I took a day off from school to go to Chicago, and I have also been using much of my free time to do research and put together my display."
Amy Beers, a junior, who's topic is "The Coming of Jazz: How it affected and does affect the culture of the city of Chicago," thought that History Fair was a good idea and helped students with their study habits. …