Plaquemine High students place second at Louisiana State Social Studies Fair

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PLAQUEMINE - Plaquemine Senior High School juniors Chaddrick Smith and Mykelas Peterson recently earned second place at the Louisiana State Social Studies fair in New Orleans in the Senior Division for Web Sites.

The two students created a Web site explaining the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District.

In the case, school officials banned students from wearing black armbands to protest the controversial Vietnam War.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the students rights to Freedom of expression.

The students’ research, writing and web design remind us all that students and teachers do not leave their Constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.

US History teacher Patrick Schmit served as their sponsor and noted the students are the first in school history to earn a spot in the National History Day Social Studies Fair. 

Schmit, Smith and Peterson will fly to the University in Maryland for National History Day in June for four days.