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February 22, 2003

Albany- 102 elementary and middle school students spent their weekend showing off their knowledge of history, politics, and economics.

"They have a remarkable number of interests. There's one where a young man has been talking to me about homelessness in his hometown," says program director, Don Kagay.

"The kids are very perceptive. Their project changes depending on what the changes are in the society,"claims Dr. Mike Orok, one of the judges.

Organizers say even though the topics vary there's always something about the Civil War like this project on the Andersonville Prison.

"It might show them how bad war can really be especially if you were captured," explains fifth grade participant Matthew Durst-Scarlett.

Students were judged on many different criteria including knowledge of their topic during an interview with the judges - an area where Summer Swindle achieved a perfect score.

If the subjects chosen by students reflect the topics the future generations will make a priority, judges say the country is in good hands.

Four students from each grade class will move on to the state competition in March at Clayton State University.

Posted at 5:30 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com