Cora McFadden

Cora McFadden, participant in the National History Day Competition, accepts donation from Dr. John Fowler, vice president of The Knox County Historical Society.

MOUNT VERNON -- Mount Vernon Middle School student Cora McFadden is headed to the national History Day competition in Park City, Maryland next month.

McFadden will be competing with students across the United States as well as China and Japan. Chris Kane, the school's history day coordinator, said McFadden is only the second student from Mount Vernon Middle School to reach this level of competition.

Students from all over the nation wrote a paper about a topic from history that fits the theme for the year and prepared a project. They then competed at a district level. District winners moved on to regional competitions. Those winners competed at state with other winners. Finally, if a students wins the state competition, that achievement earns a place at the national event.

McFadden's project was titled "George Muller and the Orphans of Bristol." It took second place at the state level. This year's theme was "Tragedy and Triumph."

McFadden's project shared the tragedy of the orphans and the triumph of Muller's work. This involved writing and performing an eight-minute monologue in which she played the part of two different orphans and the narrator.

McFadden is one of two junior performers going to nationals from Ohio. She will be competing on the University of Maryland Campus June 9 to 13. The Knox County Historical Society is supporting her journey to nationals.

McFadden will also be creating artistic weavings and selling them at Nimby Acre Fiber Art, 227 S. Main St. in Mount Vernon.

Anyone who would like to support her trip can stop by Nimby Acre and purchase a weaving. All proceeds go directly to financing this trip.

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