VALDOSTA -- Meredith Frey recently became the first student from Hahira Elementary School to win first place in statewide competition in the Georgia Social Studies Fair.

Frey, along with Darby Boruff and Kasey White, two of her fifth-grade classmates, competed at Clayton College and State University in Atlanta after finishing among the top 16 at the regional level at Albany State University.

They were among six first-place social science winners from Hahira Elementary School.

Frey's topic was in the category of anthropology and was titled "Who Were the Aztec Indians?"

Hahira Elementary School is the only elementary school in the Lowndes County School system that participated in the social science fair.

Fair participants are judged on the focus, unity and conclusion of the project. Each is required to have a backboard which includes information about the project. Students also have to have a six-to-10-page hand-written or three-to-five-page typed report. An oral interview is included as part of the judging process.

The categories are anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science and sociology/psychology.

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