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Reagan IB student, teacher selected to participate in WWII remembrance in France

Julia Brunson and Ms. Holtgreive

Ronald Reagan IB High School junior Julia Brunson and U.S. History instructor Margaret Holtgreive have been selected to represent Wisconsin in the National History Day organization’s 5th annual Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert Small Student and Teacher Institute.

This powerful program is hosted by the NHD to "provide life-changing educational opportunities to students."

Brunson, with the guidance of Ms. Holtgreive, will select and research a soldier from Milwaukee who lost his life during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day (June 6, 1944). 

Her work will involve research at local and national archives, readings, video interviews and online discussions with other students chosen to participate in this program.

Brunson and Holtgreive will travel to Washington, D.C. and the Normandy region of France this summer to walk in the footsteps of the fallen.

All of Brunson's hard work will culminate in Normandy where she will present a eulogy to read at the fallen soldier's gravesite.

National History Day is a non-profit educational organization that was established in 1974 to offer academic programs to middle and high school students through original research work on various historical topics of interest.


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