The Cherokee County School District’s Social Studies Fair saw impressive participation, with 26 first-place winners advancing to the Northwest Regional Social Studies Fair in February.

Through the annual event, students explore social studies in the areas of sociology/psychology, history, anthropology, economics, geography and political science and complete a research project. A total of 121 students participated in the CCSD event recently held at Woodstock High School with 89 projects entered in the competition.

“Social studies is a favorite subject of mine, and, having taught it for many years, it’s so exciting to see students engaged and excelling in this field,” Superintendent Brian Hightower said. “The topics they select always are fascinating, and their research and writing equally impressive. Congratulations and best wishes as you advance to the next level of competition!”

First placeAvery Elementary School: Celia Williams, “How Does Dance Impact Children?”; Finley Howard, “Returning From Service”; Addison Quinn, “Girl Scouts During World War II”

Bascomb Elementary School: Heidi Boudreaux, “Women Heroes of WWII”

Carmel Elementary School: Luke Morawski, “Why Teaching Spanish is ‘Muy Bien’ in Elementary Schools”; Nicholas Sansone, “How Technology Changed the War for Soldiers”

Creekland Middle School: Huck Wallace, “A Whale of a Tale”; Lilah Lott, “Was Alcatraz Really an Inescapable Prison?”

Creekview High School: Caroline Richardson and Sam Tidd, “How Can Music Influence the Audiences’ Mind?”; Melanie Henderson and Stephanie Henderson. “Are filibusters really beneficial to the process of preventing legislation?”

Dean Rusk Middle School: Cash Kremer, “The Battle of Stalingrad”; Ben Derman, “Pepsi, is it a military power?”

Freedom Middle School: Alex Watkins, “Finders Keepers? Who owns aboriginal artifacts?”

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy: John Palmieri, “Do people know where their tax dollars go?”; Lillianne Cline, “In an age where form letters are king, are handwritten letters worth the time and effort?”

Knox Elementary School STEM Academy: Grace Brake, “What is the average amount of time Americans spend reading each day?”

Mill Creek Middle School Caleb Glisson and Ethan Harlow, “This is our Land”; Brooke Stowell, “6 Wonders of the World”

R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy: Maddie Fager and Kinsley Thomas, “Immigration Stations”

River Ridge High School: Isabella Slappy, “The Gender Pay Gap”; Simran Patel, “How have psychological traits helped politicians excel throughout history?”

Sixes Elementary School: Addie Balboa, “Where Did Rottweilers Come From and What Were They Used For?”

Second placeBascomb Elementary: Abigale May, “Technology in Schools”

Creekland Middle: Sabrian Moran, “McCarthyism vs. Salem Witch Trials”

Creekview High: Alex Teal, Logan LeSueur and Carlos Sanchez, “What are the factors that make climate change an issue?”; Jack Eno and Connor Bell, “To What Extent Should the Government Regulate the Local Video Game Market?”

Dean Rusk Middle: William Bailey, “The Fear of Nuclear Weapons”

E.T. Booth Middle School: Phoenix Caesar, “How Did The Salem Witch Trials Affect Today’s Society?”; Madelyn Bouchard, “How Does Human Trafficking Affect Atlanta?”; Lauren Bryant, “The Masters: Women and Minorities”; Anthony Kahn, “Does The NRA Negatively Affect The Government and Society?”

Indian Knoll Elementary School: Elena Dagostino and Riley May, “How Does Disney World Affect Florida’s Economy?”

Johnston Elementary School: Naomi Cendejas, Tanvi Vallemsetty and Zaria Wells, “How Can Common Things Affect Us?”

Macedonia Elementary School: Leighton Duncan, “How is plastic pollution affecting marine life?”

Mill Creek Middle: Vandy Reddish, “Web of Lies”; Sophia Ochoa, “How has the Filming Industry Impacted Georgia’s Economy?”; Maggie Ku and Camila Perez, “How did the Moon Landing Affect Us?”

R.M. Moore Elementary: Elizabeth Sierra and Ingrid Osorio-Carreno, “Dia De Los Muertos”

Sixes Elementary: Rebecca Brooks, “Expansion of Sanford Stadium”; Drew Dunlap and Vanessa Virnich, “How Did WWII Improve the World’s Technology?” Ryan Holmberg, “What Impact Did WWII Have On the U.S. Economy?”

Teasley Middle School: Shane Salinskas, “Will the United States Army Corps of Engineers Flood My Town?”

Woodstock High School: Kevin Mitchell, “How Have The 1996 Olympics Influenced Economic and Sport Culture in Atlanta?”

Third placeArnold Mill Elementary: Allison Overacre, “How does my grandparent’s childhood differ from mine?”

Avery Elementary: Isaac Mosley, “Video Games’ Effects on Kids”; Graham Bauch, “The Wright Brothers and Aviation in the World Wars”

Bascomb Elementary: Olivia Dwyer, “Amazing Alcatraz”; Gustavo Strougo, “Georgia’s Hands-Free Law”

Carmel Elementary: Patrick Flowers, “What is the Effect of Recess on Children?”

Creekview High: Grace Godwin and Georgia Avery, “What factors elevate stress levels in students today?”

E.T. Booth Middle School: Andrew Barnett, “Does Our Prison System Work?”; Madison Dodd, “What Are The Other Theories For The Sinking of the Titanic?”; Madison Hall, “How Has Lockheed Martin Affected Georgia?”

Freedom Middle: Thaddaeus Brake, “Then and Now: How has stock car racing in the U.S. changed?”

Hasty Elementary: Eddie Dionisio and Jefferson Martinez, “How are phones both good and bad?”; Henna Gonzalez and Jamie Smathers, “Why can’t I put my phone down?”

Johnston Elementary School: Lauren Appel and Cally Musser, “Social Media: Is it Good or Bad?”

Liberty Elementary School: Hannah Reinhart, “What Was Lincoln’s Impact on the Civil War?”

Mill Creek Middle: Penny Brianas and Camryn Hooks, “Run For Shelter: The Rise of Unwanted Animal Population in the USA”

R.M. Moore Elementary: Scarlett Brown, “Poseidon vs Hephaestus: Greek Mythology”

Woodstock High School: Matthew Duque, “How Has Mexican Immigration Affected the US Economy?”

Woodstock Middle School: Emma Smith, “How Has Inflation Impacted Retirement Plans?”

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