The Georgia World War I Centennial Commission at its June 2018 meeting recognized two students who won its top awards in the National History Day Georgia 2018. In partnership with the Georgia Humanities Council, the Centennial Commission sponsored special awards for outstanding research on WWI.
The junior division recipient is Daniel Wright of Monroe, Ga. He produced a documentary on the Treaty of Versailles, entitled “An Unpeaceful Treaty: How the Paris Compromise Ignited Conflict”, https://youtu.be/XTxWh10HcD4 . Daniel, his teacher and family receive a trip to Washington D.C. to participate in WWI Centennial activities.
The senior division recipient is Brooklyn Reese, of Thomasville, Ga. She produced a display and presentation on “The Hello Girls of WWI”. These French-speaking American young ladies were recruited by the United States Army to operate the telephone system in France for the military and their soldiers. Brooklyn, her teacher and parents receive a trip to France to visit important WWI sites and participate in Centennial activities.
Funding for the Commission’s participation in Georgia History Day, and for these awards, was provided by a grant from the Georgia Veterans of Foreign Wars.