JPPSS Students Recognized at 2014 National History Day Competition


JPPSS student Pamela Caceres with Rep. Steve Scalise


Student winners Noehmi Lainez (left) and Pamela Caceres (right) in Washington, D.C.

Two Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) students received the Best of State award at the 2014 National History Day competition, which was held June 15-19, 2014. Pamela Caceres and Nohemi Lainez, representing John Q. Adams Middle School under the direction of teacher Esther Perez-Zemmels, were recognized for their website project titled The Desegregation of the Jefferson Parish School System.

As national winners, Caceres and Lainez were also selected to present their project to members of Congress as part of the Civics Renewal Network’s Constitution Day in Washington, DC on September 17, 2014. Their winning website may be viewed online at

National History Day is a yearlong academic program in which students in grades 6-12 conduct their own historic research for papers, exhibits, websites, documentaries, and public performances. More than 125 students from JPPSS participated in the program in 2014, creating projects with the theme of “Rights and Responsibilities.”

In April 2014, students from Adams Middle School, Bonnabel High School, Helen Cox High School, and Meisler Middle School were selected as National History Day finalists by placing first or second in the Louisiana State History Day Contest. In total, nine JPPSS projects were selected to represent Louisiana at the National History Day competition.