VALDOSTA -- Holly Coffey, 17, was recently named History Student of the Year by the National History Club, in cooperation with Georgia Washington's Mount Vernon. The Lowndes High School junior was awarded a copy of David Hackett Fischer's Pulitzer-Prize-winning history "Washington's Crossing," with her accomplishment noted on the inside cover.

"I got into history as a child," said the daughter of Billy and Gloria Coffey. "I used to sit and watch the History Channel with my dad."

Coffey especially enjoys discovering how people, places and things have changed throughout the years. She often wonders how teenagers in the future will view her lifestyle.

At LHS, Coffey participates in Diversified Cooperative Training, spending her afternoons working at Anastasia's. She is a member of youth groups at Grace Baptist Church and Trinity Baptist Church.

Created in March 2002, the National History Club's mission is to encourage the reading, discussion, writing, and enjoyment of history among secondary students and their teachers. It offers a clearinghouse for information about the activities of its member chapters around the country, sharing ideas and experiences which promote an interest in history, both foreign and domestic, ancient and modern.

Schools in 36 states have National History Club chapters. Collins Hill High School in Suwanee and LHS are the only two in Georgia.

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