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Caroline Hymel, a graduate student at Louisiana Tech University, stands at a rally in front of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is the winner of the Rankin Prize which is presented each year to the author of the best research paper by a graduate student written on a Louisiana history topic. Hymel is the first student from Tech to win the prize.

When Caroline Hymel, a graduate student in history at Louisiana Tech University, began her journey in Ruston, she never thought she would be walking away with the coveted Louisiana Historical Association’s Rankin Prize.

Completing her undergraduate work in just two years, with a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in English, she decided to extend her time at Tech and complete the master’s program in history.

“I am from New Orleans, and this is my fourth year at Tech,” she said. “I’m a graduate student working on my thesis.”

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