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Young Historian Wins National Prize

Poly High School ninth grader Priscilla Mota has won a top national prize from the History Channel for a video documentary she created as a student at Muir Academy.

Mota, now a student in Poly’s PACE honors program, won the grand prize for the middle school level, earning $5,000 for her video on the Mendez vs. Westminster school segregation case.

"Priscilla has won many academic and nonacademic awards throughout her school years," said the student's proud mom, Rocio Mota.  "She is an example of the many great students in LBUSD."

The student contest was connected with the History Channel’s 12-part TV series, “America: the Story of Us” and was organized with help from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, along with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The video and multimedia contest was part of what the History Channel called the most ambitious, wide-ranging educational initiative it has ever organized.  Related events included a live webcast with the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in which thousands of schools participated.

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