National History Day is an academic competition for elementary and secondary students across the country. With the support and encouragement of their teachers, students conduct primary and secondary research on an historical topic that is related the the year’s theme. This year’s theme is Rights and Responsibility in History. Students can prepare papers, websites, movies and display boards to showcase their research.
The local competition took place today (Sunday) at Hofstra University. Between Wheatley and Willets Road, there were 57 students competing in National History Day — thanks to the support of Mr. McConaghy, Mr. Shanahan, Dr. Coladonato, Ms. Topping, Ms. Schwartz and other members of the Social Studies Department. We also had faculty member judges (Ms. Roberts and Dr. Staudt).
Wheatley students found tremendous success at this year’s regional competition! Due to the results of today’s judging, the following students will be heading to the New York State competition in Cooperstown at the end of April.
Senior Division, Group 1st Place (website)
- Jared Rothstein, Harris Wekselblatt, Donna Nazarian, Seung min Yi for their project on the Central Park Five
Senior Division, Individual 1st Place (website)
- Madison D’Ambrosio, for her website on the Pentagon Papers
Senior Division, Individual 2nd Place (paper)
- Bonnie Lerman for her paper “Opposition to Vietnam: Civic Responsibility Redefined”
Junior Division, Individual 2nd Place (Historical Paper)
- Anne Yan for her paper “Internment of Japanese Americans: Fear Brings Downfall of Liberty”
Additionally, Madison’s website earned recognition as the Hofstra Center for Engagement Outstanding Entry on Citizen Activism
Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this terrific competition!