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Cache Valley 12-year-olds go to National History Fair

NIBLEY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A pair of sixth graders from Cache Valley will represent Utah at the national history fair. Their project wasn't just a paper or a simple project, they wrote a mini musical talking about a piece of Utah's history.
NIBLEY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A pair of sixth graders from Cache Valley will represent Utah at the national history fair. Their project wasn't just a paper or a simple project, they wrote a mini musical talking about a piece of Utah's history.

Meet Alyssa and Stewart. They are only 12-years-old, but are already masters of the stage.

They produced and wrote their own mini musical as a project for the state's History Fair.

The duo spent hundreds of hours and months researching, learning and writing their musical about people who have changed history.

Alyssa Warner explained, "It is about people who protest, they use music to change history"

They chose to focus on Joe Hill. Hill was a native Swedish speaker who learned English during the early 1900s, while working various jobs from New York to San Francisco. As a an immigrant worker frequently facing unemployment and underemployment, Hill became a popular song writer and cartoonist for the radical union.

For years kids across the state have made up their own projects for the state competition with the goal: make history come alive for America's youth.

Alyssa and Stewart definitely achieved that goal.

Alyssa said, "Joe Hill is one amazing person and if you banned together, anything is possible."

Stewart Merriam said, "I learned more as I was memorizing lines and going through it!"

Alyssa and Stewart won high honors and the best performance at this year's state competition. That was a bit of a surprise, but huge for the kids.

Stewart said, "It was a great honor."

The two now go on to represent their school and the state in the National Competition in Washington DC in June.



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