Wheatley Students Find Success at the Long Island Regional History Day Competition!

On Sunday, 8 March, hundreds of student descended on Hofstra University to compete in the regional round of the 2015 National History Day competition. Success in the regional round merited an invitation to compete in New York State History Day in Cooperstown later this spring.

Wheatley was heavily involved in this year’s competition, with the following 48 students participating:

Senior Historical Paper

  • Joy Bestourous (Hassan al-Banna: The Father of Fundamentalism)
  • Sienna Brancato (Allen Ginsberg: The Voice of a Transformative Generation)
  • Krista Chen (Henry Dunant: A Step Towards Humanitarian Society)

Senior Individual Performance

  • Jordan Pollack (Alvin Ailey: The Leader who Danced through Adversity)

Senior Group Documentary

  • Nikki Koch, Alana Osroff, Gabriella Santoli and Cindy Zhou (Charles Davenport and The History of Eugenics)
  • Caroline Connolly, Cara Mattioli and Noelle Molstad (Edgar Allan Poe: Leadership and Legacy)
  • Luke Cuomo, Andrew Jin, Jeffrey Poomkudy, David Rosenzweig and Andrew Zuckerman (Mario Cuomo: The Architect of Modern American Liberalism)

Senior Individual Website

  • Andrew Schloss (Robert Moses: He Built, They Criticized)
  • Jake Williams (The Grumman Corporation: The Rise and Fall of Long Island’s Industrial Giant)

Senior Individual Documentary

  • John Wanamaker (Shigeru Miyamoto Documentary)
  • Caroline Crimmins (Si Se Puede: Cesar Chavez)

Senior Group Website

  • Christina Mille, Julian Nathan and Victoria Roldan (William Levitt: The King of Suburbia)
  • Ellie Chen and Farrah Siegler (Benjamin Tallmadge)
  • Jessica Chu, Erica Kim, Lavanya Reddy and Jordan Shaked (Bringing Light to the Slums)

Senior Group Exhibit

  • Arturo Asselta, Alec Bernstein, Jared Bernstein and Christopher Vazquez (The Gay Liberation Front)
  • Crystal Barroca, Kayla Barroca, Marisa Rios and Amanda Sivin (Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the World)

Senior Group Performance

  • Morgan Misk, Daniel Singh and Jaclyn Stroud (Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Men Behind the American Musical)

Junior Individual Documentary

  • Sofia Greenfield (Berry Gordy & Motown)

Junior Historical Paper

  • John Scudero (The Great Reformer: Douglas MacArthur and the Reconstruction of Japan)
  • Bandon Zhu (Truman: Rewriting American History)

Junior Group Website

  • Susan Kim and Grace McPhillips (The First Lady of the World: Eleanor Roosevelt)
  • Karan Amin and Vedant Singh (Harry S Truman and the Atomic Bomb)

Junior Individual Website

  • Brittney Guerra (Dorothy Dix and the Asylum Movement)


At the end of a long day of judging, Wheatley students took home a number of awards:

Junior Individual Documentary, 3rd Place

  • Sofia Greenfield (Berry Gordy & Motown)

Senior Historical Paper, 2nd Place

  • Krista Chen (Henry Dunant: A Step Towards Humanitarian Society)

Senior Historical Paper, 3rd Place

  • Joy Bestourous (Hassan al-Banna: The Father of Fundamentalism)

Senior Individual Performance

  • Jordan Pollack (Alvin Ailey: The Leader who Danced through Adversity)

Senior Group Documentary, 3rd Place

  • Nikki Koch, Alanna Osroff, Gabriella Santoli and Cindy Zhou (Charles Davenport and The History of Eugenics)

Senior Group Performance, 3rd Place

  • Morgan Misk, Daniel Singh and Jaclyn Stroud (Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Men Behind the American Musical)

Most of these recognized students have qualified to participate in the New York State History Day competition at Cooperstown on 27 April.

Additionally, Jessica Chu, Erica Kim, Lavanya Reddy and Jordan Shaked received special recognition for Irish-American history from the Ancient Order of the Hibernians. Although they will not continue to the State competition, they should be proud of this recognition!

Thank you to all of the Wheatley faculty who contributed to the success of the students. Dr. Staudt is one of the organizers of the event at Hofstra. Additionally, Mr. Ardito, Mrs. Roberts and Mr. Crotty served as judges in the competition. Additionally, Dr. Gately and Mrs. Topping spent a significant portion of Sunday with the students during the competition. Of course, our entire Social Studies department supported and encouraged the students in their work on the National History Day competition.

(Thank you to Dr. Staudt and Dr. Gately for some of the photos below.)

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