William Adams Middle School students learn to take a stand through their participation in the National History Fair.

Samantha Kohler received Distinguished Achievement in Performance at state for her research of Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old African- American pregnant girl who refused to give up her sear on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama nine months before Rosa Parks.

Daniel Ruiz earned Distinguished Achievement at state for her documentary on the Korean War, 1950 – 1953, which began when North Korea invaded South Korea.

“As I researched, I learned that anyone can take a stand as long as you believe in yourself even with all the odds stacked against you,” Ruiz stated.

At the state level of the National History Fair, students Gian Luca Nismiblat and Aidan Garcia received the Willie Lee Gay Award for the project on Jackie Robertson. The boys chose Robertson as their project for their love of baseball.

“He was more than a baseball player,” Garcia stated. “He participate in protests and marches for civil rights.”

According to the students, the annual event aims to teach students beyond the history books that helps them understand how people affect the world by taking a stand for their beliefs.