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USD Students Research Clay County Fallen Heroes

USD Veteran Flag photo USD students will participate in the "Clay County's Fallen" project on March 29.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota School of Education students will present research findings to representatives of the Vermillion Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3061 and American Legion for a project called “Clay County’s Fallen” on Wednesday, March 29.

The project, sponsored by the Vermillion VFW 3061, involved 20 students in 7-12 Social Science Methods researching and writing a biography about the life of a fallen veteran from Clay County. Students researched fallen heroes from the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War eras.

“I can tell the students are connected with their fallen hero and are inspired by this project which they hope to implement into their future classrooms,” said Jing Williams, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction.

The top five presentations will win a cash prize. The first place winner will be invited to speak at the Memorial Day Observance in Vermillion on May 29. All participating students will be invited to attend the ceremony.


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