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COVENTRY â€” A recent Coventry High School graduate was given the chance to take her hard work and research on D-Day and present it to Congress in Washington D.C. in May.
Amanda Hoskins, who graduated this month, said it all began when her Advanced Placement History teacher, Lisa Johansen asked her class who would be interested in going to France with her.
She explained that she wrote her teacher a short letter explaining why she wanted to travel to France; Johansen then selected her for the trip.
Hoskins said once they had applied for a grant, and got accepted, they had to read eight books about World War II and participate in online forums with other students.
In 2011, Hoskins and her teacher were given the opportunity to travel to Normandy, France to study about WWII and D-Day through the Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute.
She said she also researched two soldiers from Rhode Island who fought on the beaches on Normandy: First Sgt. Henry Golas and Pvt. First Class Michael Macera.
She also visited the sites of the Normandy invasion and the gravesites of the two soldiers.
She explained that one of her favorite parts of the trip was the research; a connection was made with the soldiers who fought during that time.
â€śWhen you study one to two people, you connect with them and itâ€™s a lot more personal,â€ť she said. â€śWe spent more than a year researching these two men, studying the archives, military records and finally we were able to see where they fought. Just being on the beaches was surreal.â€ť
Once she returned from France she was notified that she had been chosen to present at the Rhode Island Historical Society on April 5.
She said she presented her research on the war and the two soldiers, along with information on her trip.
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