Local student excells in history

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By Kirsten Laskey

History is Los Alamos High School student Shannon Burns’ favorite subject, which became very clear during the National History Day Contest.

During the competition, which was held June 15-19 at the University Maryland, Burns not only took her project, “Molly’s Children: The American/Irish Mining Conflict,” into the finals, earning 10th place, but was presented one of two awards from the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies Ancient Order Hibernians.

Being presented this award “was really great,” Burns said. She remembers bolting across the stage to receive her award.

“It was exhilarating to go up and shake hands with the coordinator and the president of the History Channel,” she said. “It was so much fun.”

The success was surprising, however. “That was a lot further than I expected to go,” Burns said.

When she saw her name on the list for the final competition, Burns said she was stunned. “It’s a great honor to earn 10th in the nation.”

Burns explained her project dealt with the Molly Maguires, a rebel mine group in Pennsylvania.