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Breach wins History Day contest

by: Photo By Joe McHaney - Jefferson County Middle School student Carly Breach, left, and Jerry Ramsey of the Jefferson County Historical Society stand next to Breach's first-place display about Shipwrecks of Oregon.

For the third consecutive year, students at Jefferson County Middle School participated in the Oregon History Day Project Contest sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society and the Jefferson County School District Talented and Gifted Program.
   The four-month contest was won by Carly Breach with her project "Shipwrecks of Oregon." Breach topped 21 other students in a contest that took judges two hours to review.
   "I commend all of you who are here for your dedication and willingness to see this project through from the beginning to the end," said 509-J Talented and Gifted Specialist Courtney Lupton-Turner during an award presentation Monday at JCMS.
   Second place was won by Stephen Lengele, third place went to Janna Davis, and honorable mention recognition was given to Esmy Montejano, Ben Ellis and Quentin Brissette.
   Katysha Holliday earned top honors in Native American topics with her project on the Burns Paiute Tribe.
   Certificates and ribbons were presented to Leah Suppah, Jordan Spino, Sonia Hernandez, Cassidy Codon, Mari Rodriguez, Anthony Oliveras, Saul Jimenez, Skyla Booren and Adan Estrada.
   The Jefferson County Historical Society donated $200 for first-, second- and third- place winners. The Progressive Law Firm in Bend donated $100 for the top prize in Native American Topics, and Lupton-Turner donated $75 for honorable mention winners.
   "It's just a great program and open to all high school and middle school students," Lupton-Turner said.