BAKERSFIELD, CA - A Bakersfield girl is celebrating after landing a spot in the National History Day competition in Maryland.
Cassidy Porter is a student at Fruitvale Junior High School, and already she's a three-time state champion for the National History Day Program.
But, she's not stopping there.
Kern County has no shortage of champions in a variety of endeavors, especially when it comes to academics.
"I really have a feel for history because I like to tell people stories and make sure history doesn't repeat itself, especially some of the things that happened with the Civil Rights Movement," said Porter.
Through the years, Porter has shown her passion for history and the importance it has on our country.
In just a few weeks, she'll compete at the national competition in Maryland, something she's been working hard for.
"National History Day is not like a thing where you just open a history book and just read. You do an intense study of a certain topic that relates to the theme for that year," said Porter.
This weekend, Porter will visit Birmingham, Alabama to meet some of the people she interviewed for her history project, people who played an active role in the Civil Rights Movement.
"I get a feeling for it and I get to know what it was like and what the smells and sights were, and it's really cool because it helps me portray the character that I'm acting as," Porter continued.
Porter says she's been studying for a year to get to nationals. She will perform a ten-minute piece on how the children of the Civil Rights Movement have become a turning point in our country.