Southwest student earns top honors in national history competition

A South High junior’s research project that included an interview with former Vice President Walter Mondale won her first place at the National History Day competition in June.

Sade Ogundiran’s exhibit was titled “We Will No Longer Accept Compromise: Fannie Lou Hamer, the Voice that Inspired Freedom Summer.” Her project covered the civil rights leader’s role in forcing the Democratic Party to seat integrated delegations after the 1964 national convention.

The competition took place June 15–19 at the University of Maryland, and the top prize included a trophy and a cash award of $1,000.

Students in grades six–12 participated in the competition. Eleven entries from Minnesota won national honors, including an entry by Gary Waelhof of South High School, who finished eighth in the senior individual exhibit category.