On Sunday, 22 April, thirteen EWSD regional winners of Long Island History Day traveled to Cooperstown, New York to participate in the New York State History Day competition. Their participation in this competition was as a result of their recognition at the Long Island Regional History Day in March. The contestants spent the weeks between the two contests tweaking their websites, documentaries, and exhibits and worked hard to present their research to teachers, historians, and archivists at the state level.
Students were accompanied by Mr. Eckers, Mr. Shanahan, and Ms. Ilkiw. Between the initial interviews and the run-offs, the students enjoyed a beautiful spring day near the shores of Otsego Lake, visiting the Farmers’ Museum and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Wheatley students competing in the State Competition included:
Senior Individual Exhibit
- Rahul Ajmera: The 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike: A Successful Compromise
Junior Group Website
- Maia Cale and Janice Zeng: Women’s Road to Enlightenment Coeducation
Junior Group Documentary
- Lauren Hackett, Charlotte Iannone, Victoria Potrapeluk and Jaina Shah: Helen Hunt Jackson
Having placed in the top two of their category in Cooperstown, Maia Cale and Janice Zeng (Junior Group Website) will be advancing to the National History Day finals in Maryland in June! These Wheatley students will be accompanied by Grant Callahan and Benjamin Casella from Willets Road.
Congratulations to all of the students who competed!
[Thanks to Mr. Eckers for some of the write-up and the photos!]