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Eleven Lander middle school and high school students are traveling to Maryland in June to compete in this year’s National History competition.

This year’s History Day theme was “Triumph and Tragedy,” and student projects were tasked with addressing those two ideas. Lander student projects range from documentaries to displays and cover topics such as Merriweather Lewis, the Apollo Space program, and Hedy Lamar.

The Lander student’s first competed at the county level, then advanced to Laramie to compete against other communities in the state. The eleven students were chosen based on the strength of their work. Winners now will go to the University of Maryland where the national event is being held.

The students are actively raising funds to help cover travel expenses. Various raffles are being held that include lodging from the Ramshorn Guest Ranch, a basket from the Lander Pioneer Museum featuring books and wine, and even a 1/2 big from Hudson Custom Meats.

If you’re interested in the raffle, you can contact Gayla Hammer at the Lander Middle School at 307-332-4040.

A raffle is being held that will feature gift cards from Lander businesses, a 3-night stay at the Ramshorn Guest Ranch, a basket from the Lander Pioneer museum featuring history books and wine, and a 1/2 pig from Hudson Custom Meats. To buy a raffle ticket contact History Day Sponsor.

Lander has often sent students to the National Competition, but eleven is an especially large number to attend. The students will represent Wyoming against all the other states. The students can compete for awards, scholarships and special recognition.

Keep an eye out, as students will be presenting their projects at a variety of venues around Lander over the next month.