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For Immediate Release:
March 4, 2016
Homer student’s history exhibit headed to Springfield
A Homer Junior High School student’s history exhibit is headed to Springfield this May for inclusion in the State History Fair.
The student’s exhibit, “Chicago: Hog Butcher of the World,” earned the honor after receiving a Superior ribbon at the 54th Annual Northern Regional History Fair in DeKalb on Feb. 27. He created the exhibit in Homer’s History Club.
“We’re so proud of our students and the extra effort they put forth to create these exhibits,” said Homer Junior High School Social Studies teacher Penny Sierros, who started the school’s History Club eight years ago.
“It was the fulfillment of a need,” she explained.
Students who join History Club meet twice a month after school to discuss one of their favorite topics — history. Their main focus is creating exhibits and participating in the Illinois History Fair.
“It’s inspiring to see what they come up with each year and rewarding to see them advance to the state level,” said Sierros.
This is not the first time a Homer Junior High School student’s history exhibit has been selected for display. Last year, a student’s exhibit was displayed in the Lincoln Museum for a few days.
“History helps students understand how people and societies behave,” said Sierros, who now co-chairs the school’s History Club with teacher Tim Oess.
“It’s important for students to know what influences have played a role in shaping our country,” she added.
The History Fair is supported by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
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