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“Leadership and Legacy” was the theme for the 2015 Wyoming History Day.
Poison Spider student, Taylor Reeb, placed first in junior individual website at the Regional Wyoming History Day held at Kelly Walsh High School. From there, she traveled to UW-Laramie for the state Wyoming History Day competition where she placed second among over 1,500 student participants statewide.
An outstanding accomplishment for this young student, however, the greatest joy hasn’t been found in winning but in what she has discovered along the way. Her history project, an individual website, is about her great-grandfather, James Reeb who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama. He was killed by white supremacists a half-century ago in Selma, after traveling there to join a peaceful march to the state capital. Taylor’s interactive website, “James Reeb: The Bow-Tied Hero of the Civil Rights Movement” offers a unique and powerful look at the legacy of Mr. James Reeb.
Taylor will be representing Wyoming at National History Day in Maryland next month. Additionally, Taylor’s project earned her a special invitation to have breakfast with members of congress while she is at Nationals. This special recognition; “Breakfast on the Hill” is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in representing local history and have shown strong research and presentation skills.
Congratulations on this tremendous accomplishment Taylor!
For more information and photos on Mr. James Reeb visit http://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/james-reeb-casper-martyr-civil-rights