CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Fayette County student and a top finisher in West Virginia’s National History Day Competition has written information for a website featuring contributions Americans made during World War II.
Fairan Gillm, an eighth grader at Nutall Middle School, was one of 51 students named a National World War II Museum’s “Salute to Freedom” award winner. She and the other students won an all expenses paid trip to New Orleans to participate in the grand opening of the U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.
Gillm finished second in the West Virginia contest for an essay and exhibit about the Battle of Blair Mountain to earn the right to advance. The national competition called on qualifying students to submit an application and respond to two essay questions. Winners were then chosen based on their knowledge of the past and its connection to the future as well as their knowledge of their state’s role in World War II.
Gillm’s essay won her the opportunity to further write about West Virginia to be featured online. Her essay includes information on Chuck Yeager, a Hamlin native known for breaking the sound barrier, as well as facts about African-Americans, who studied at West Virginia State College and went on to become pilots. Her page and those created by students in other states are posted online at http://salutetofreedom.org.
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