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Bill Trimble of Evergreen, Colo. is interviewed by West Springfield High School senior Elizabeth Bowman while Courtney Simmons and senior Mason Dumond control the sound and camera equipment.

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History, Up Close and Personal

West Springfield High School students interview veterans at World War II Memorial.

The heat is palpable and the buzz of tourists is mesmerizing but Courtney Simmons is focused on Carmel Whetzel’s account of his World War II experience. Whetzel is a veteran and Simmons, a current freshman at George Mason University and a West Springfield High School graduate, is interviewing him as part of “Capturing the Voices of World War II: A Student Interview Project.”


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