Wheatley Students Compete at LI Regional History Day!

On Sunday, 6 March, over 500 students from across Long Island descended on Hofstra University to compete in the regional round of the 2016 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 78 students participating in the event. Of course, these students were supported by tireless faculty members! Dr. John Staudt served as the Academic Coordinator of the entire event, Dr. Danielle Gately, Mr. Andrew Ardito and Ms. Jo Beth Roberts served as Advisors for the students, and Mr. Ardito and Ms. Roberts served as judges. Of course, the students also received the support of the 8th and 11th grade Social Studies teachers: Ms. Cindy Schwartz, Mr. Pat Clarke, Mr. Michael Haig, Dr. John Staudt and Mr. Matt Haig. Mr. Paul Chisholm provided extensive support for the exhibits and Ms. Audra Beberman and Ms. Joanna Schrager provided technical support for the websites!

Junior Historical Paper

  • Allison Zheng: The Battle of Austerlitz and Napoleon’s Invasion of Russia: Unpredictable Encounters
  • Karen Li: The Never Ending Battle Against Infectious Bacteria: Fleming’s Encounter with the Miracle Drug
  • Allison Keller: Exchanging Health for a Cure: Stateville Prisoners used as Medical Subjects

Junior Group Documentary

  • Brenden Resnick and Robert Boubour: Laying the Tracks of Prosperity
  • Dean Sheinman, Teddy Koutsoftas, Zachary Acevedo and Peter Cuomo: Dropping the Bomb: A Necessary Encounter
  • Alex Horowitz and Hema Kumar: The Encounter Between 9/11 and its Impact on the US Economy

Junior Individual Exhibit

  • Rahul Ajmera: The Panama Canal Treaties: Shifting America’s International Role through Diplomatic Encounters
  • Erin Wu: The Vikings
  • Natalia Potrapapeluk: Marilyn Monroe and the Media

Junior Group Exhibit

  • Orell Rayhan, Emily Blumberg, Norah Gidanian and Jessica Calabrese: Liberating the Camps: Encountering the Horrors
  • Megan Kaye, Emily Yagoda and Jacob Kaufman: Corps of Discovery: Diplomatic Encounters with Native Americans
  • Patrick Brady and Alia Yamin: Spark of Revolution: The 1916 Easter Rising

Junior Individual Website

  • Diya Shah: An Encounter of the Homestead Steel Strike: The Clash of the Gilded Age
  • Ashley Vincenzo: The Cuban Missile Crisis: Avoiding and Encounter with Exchange
  • Rebecca Sparacio: Exploring DNA: The effect of DNA on Cancer

Junior Group Website

  • Katharine Gold and Rebecca Zeltsman: Rosaline Franklin: Exploring the Unexplored, Giving Credit where Credit is Due
  • Maggie Caroddo, Ilana Nimkoff, Kaya Amin and Kavina Amin: The Iranian Hostage Crisis: The Encounter Between Iran and the United States
  • Brenda Zhong and Sharon Zhong: The United Nations: A Forum for Political Exchange of Ideas

Senior Historical Paper

  • Kayla Bellan: I was a Playboy Bunny: Gloria Steinem’s Encounter with Sexism
  • Naomi Schlesinger: Nellie Bly: A Voice for the Poor and Unfortunate
  • Lauren Levine: Rita Levi-Montalcini and Dr. Stanley Cohen: Their Encounter and their Exploration of the Nerve Growth Factor

Senior Individual Documentary

  • Joshua Druz: Hockey During the Cold War: An Encounter between Russia and the United States
  • Aileen Chowdhury: Protest Music – 1960s: An Encounter of Ideas
  • Zachary Calabrese: The Cultural Encounter of Spaghetti Westerns in the American Film Industry

Senior Group Documentary

  • Nirel Gidanian and Kathryn Feil: Emma Golman
  • Raffaela Palmieri, Sabrina Cangemi and Alana Conroy: Roe v. Wade: An Exchange of Ideas about Abortion
  • Rebecca Khorsandi, Isabella Araujo, Brianna O’Brien and Allie LaMonica: Rodney King’s Encounter with the LA Police

Senior Individual Performance

  • Ariana Arralde: Harold Prince: Exchanging Theatrical Norms for Artistic Explorations
  • Lianna Golden: Billie Holiday: Protesting Racism Musically through “Strange Fruit”

Senior Group Performance

  • Diana Lee and Brittany Haber: Counterculture Movement in the 1960s
  • Kevin Yi, Jax Nussbaum, Josh Wolff, Sumu Pitchayan and Sanjay Allahdada: Jazz: An Encounter with Society

Senior Individual Exhibit

  • Gil Lotzky: Robert Ames: The Great American Spy
  • Ariana Turkalj: Tinker vs. Des Moines: The Fight for Student Rights

Senior Group Exhibit

  • Lauren Frantz, Carly Brensilber, Micki Wain, Stephanie Buchheim and Rachel Koty: Degenerate Art
  • Jane Kim and Gretchen Keller: The Daguerreotype
  • Allison Levy, Laura D’Angelo and Claire Baker: The Exploration of the Youth International Party: Their Encounters with the American Masses

Senior Individual Website

  • Maya Alfia: Nuclear Weapons: The Destruction of our Nations
  • Sara Zulfiqar: Women in Politics: Benazir Bhutto
  • Nirav Kumar: Chester Nez: One of the Original Navajo Code Talker

Senior Group Website

  • Justin Spar, Joseph Dinetz and Samuel Goldman: Evolution of Bioethics in the 20th Century
  • Angela Yang and Michelle Lin: Fritz Haber: The Nationalist Chemist

Here are some photos from the competition. Thanks to Dr. Gately for many of these pictures!

[See below for the results!]

 



 

When all of the judging was completed, the following students earned recognition:

Junior Individual Paper, 2nd Place

  • Allison Keller: Exchanging Health for a Cure: Stateville Prisoners used as Medical Subjects

Junior Individual Exhibit, 2nd Place

  • Rahul Ajmera: The Panama Canal Treaties: Shifting America’s International Role through Diplomatic Encounters

Junior Individual Website, 1st Place

  • Ashley Vincenzo: The Cuban Missile Crisis: Avoiding and Encounter with Exchange

Junior Group Website, 2nd Place

  • Maggie Caroddo, Ilana Nimkoff, Kaya Amin and Kavina Amin: The Iranian Hostage Crisis: The Encounter Between Iran and the United States

Senior Group Exhibit, 3rd Place

  • Jane Kim and Gretchen Keller: The Daguerreotype

Senior Individual Website, 3rd Place

  • Maya Alfia: Nuclear Weapons: The Destruction of our Nations

These aforementioned students will compete in the New York State History Day finals in Cooperstown next month.

Additionally, the following special awards were given:

Senior Individual Performance, 3rd Place (does not go to State Finals)

  • Lianna Golden: Billie Holiday: Protesting Racism Musically through “Strange Fruit”

African American History Special Award (Sponsored by the African American Museum of Nassau County)

  • Lianna Golden: Billie Holiday: Protesting Racism Musically through “Strange Fruit”

Genocide, Bias or Tolerance in History Award (Sponsored by the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center of Nassau County)

  • Lauren Frantz, Carly Brensilber, Micki Wain, Stephanie Buchheim and Rachel Koty: Degenerate Art

Congratulations to all of our participants! Thanks to Dr. Gately and Mrs. Randi Horowitz for the following photos from the awards ceremony!

 

 

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