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Merry Acers Middle School Hosts Social Studies Student Fair

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) — Students at Merry Acres Middle School pulled out all the stops at their social studies fair. Students were able to choose a topic and present it in front of their teachers and peers. Nathalie Moreau from WALB was there to see it all.

The students took over the gymnasium, sharing their projects and their love for learning. Hear why Makayla Harden is so passionate about her project.

Makayla Harden – Merry Acers Middle School 7th Grade(WALB)

“I decided to do this project to educate not just one generation people, but the younger generation about who they were and their impact on works today, because a lot of people don’t know that,” said seventh grader Makayla Harden.

The winners of this contest will move on to the District Social Studies Fair and it’s all based on scoring.

“There are five judges who are here today, their judges are walking around and they are interviewing the students on the judges’ score sheet,” said Lovetta Dudley, educational coach for social studies and ELA.

Tiffany Sevier - Principal of Merry Acers Middle School Lovetta Dudley - Educational Coach...
Tiffany Sevier – Principal of Merry Acers Middle School Lovetta Dudley – Educational Coach for Social Studies and ELA(WALB)

One of those judges was Martez Favis, who told me more about the fair and why he finds it so important for students to get involved.

“So the idea behind it is for them to identify a problem or problem and be able to do research so that they can prove or disprove if that problem is really a problem or if there is a solution to it,” said Martez Favis, a judge and school improvement specialist at Albany Middle School.

Martez Favis – Judge and School Improvement Specialist at Albany Middle School
Martez Favis – Judge and School Improvement Specialist at Albany Middle School(WALB)

“My favorite thing to see was kids being able to really express themselves and share their ideas and being able to be confident and bold and being able to stand up and prove what their thoughts are,” Favis said.

And the students couldn’t agree more.

Jaala Marshall - Merry Acers Middle School 7th Grader
Jaala Marshall – Merry Acers Middle School 7th Grader(WALB)

“Because every time you study something that you want to learn and you want to put together that thing that takes you further in life, even with math, reading science, ELA, I take you somewhere in Liege, it wakes you up, so light up the rest of our generation,” seventh grader Jaala Marshall said.

Principal Tiffany Sevier believes in enriching the lives of her students.

“It’s very important for the students to work on the projects because they have the opportunity to research, then the English teachers have the opportunity to work with the social studies teachers and the students will come up with a project based on their inside the classroom,” Sevier said.

Merry Acers Middle School Hosts Its Social Studies Fair
Merry Acers Middle School Hosts Its Social Studies Fair(WALB)

“If we know the past, we can know how to move forward and what mistakes not to make in the future,” Harden said.

The top three projects will be announced this Friday. We’ll be sure to update you on the winners on our social media pages.

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