HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Sarah Livingston wore an old-fashioned costume and spoke with a thick Scottish accent. She sounded like a native of Scotland. But she is actually a Harrison County teenager who has a passion for drama and history.
"We have to look at our past. We have to know our roots and you learn so much from history and looking at other people," said Livingston.
The 17-year-old used her talents to create a one-person play for the Mississippi History Day Competition at USM in Hattiesburg. Her story focused on the Scottish Covenanters, a group of Presbyterians in the 16th and 17th centuries who fought for religious freedom.
"I wrote my own script and found my own props, and I did a 10-minute performance before the judges," said Livingston. "I also submitted a 13-page annotative bibliography and a process paper telling about how I did everything."
In order to be as realistic as possible, Sarah studied the Scottish accent.
"I actually read books and would listen to different tapes of people in Scotland talking, as well as I got to talk to people here in Mississippi that are from Scotland," she said.
Her play impressed the judges so much, Sarah won first place in the Performance category and she captured the Overall prize in the high school division. This year, 200 students from seven schools competed in the state event.
"I felt like I was Miss America. I can't believe I won," said Livingston.
Next week, Sarah will represent Mississippi in the national competition and hopes to bring home the top prize.
"I'm nervous. It's a responsibility, but I'm really excited and I hope to do well," said Livingston.
The national competition will be held on Monday and Tuesday. Winners will receive awards, along with monetary prizes.
Sarah is home schooled. Out of seven home schooled students in Harrison County who participated in the state competition, five of them placed in various categories.