Jayakumary Marimuthu, a teacher in SK Sungai Perah, Parit, won the first prize for the History Essay Writing (national level) on July 3 organised by the Malaysia Historical Society. The prize, RM3,000, a set of books and a certificate for her essay, ‘Perak During the Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945’ was given by Lt. Jen. (B) Datuk Abdullah Samsudin, member of Majlis Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. Jaya has just completed her studies in Southeast Asian History, USM, Penang last year and will begin her PHD next year. She is also a member of the Perak Heritage Society.