On Sunday, 31 March 31, 43 students from Willets Road and The Wheatley School participated in Long Island History Day at Hofstra University, presenting 30 historical research projects in a variety of formats, including paper, website, exhibit, performance, documentary, either in a group or as an individual project. Long Island History Day is the regional contest of National History Day, a contest that encourages more than half a million students around the world to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice, through the lens of a specific theme. This year the theme is Tragedy and Triumph in History.
Students who are advancing to the state competition at Cooperstown on 29 April are:
- Ashley Vincenzo: 1st place, Sr. Individual Website—The 1953 Iran Coup: a Tenuous Western triumph, a Significant Global Tragedy
- Rahul Ajmera: 2nd place, Sr. Individual Exhibit—Got Beef? The Women’s New York Kosher Meat Boycott of 1902
- Emma Melnikov: 1st place, Sr. Individual Performance—A Murder to Make the Masses Seen: The Tragic Romanov Fall Paving the Way for Bolshevik Triumph
- Ben Casella: 3rd place, Jr. Individual Documentary—The Space Shuttle Program-A Cosmic Triumph with a Tragic End
- Aliza Virji: 4th place, Junior Individual Website—Operation Babylift-The Triumph of Enduring Vietnamese Culture after the Tragedy of War
Additional recognition (but do not compete at Cooperstown)
- Garima Jain: 3rd place, Jr. Individual Performance—The Triumph and tragedy of the Warsaw Ghetto and Uprising
- Jason Koty: Sr. Paper—Muhammad Ali: The Ring of Triumph and Tragedy was recognized with the African American History Award sponsored by the African American Museum of Nassau County
- Frederick Lin: Sr. Paper—The Broderick Terry Dual-American History Award sponsored by the Huntington Historical Society
Additional student participants include: Derek Zhang, Annelise Belle, Amir Agarwal, Brenda Zhong, Mahdi Bhalloo, Riya Mittle, Emma Rosenberg, Eliana Duffy, Brenden Resnick, Ansh Jhaveri, Eric Chu, Sonia Patel, Grant Callahan, Skylar Blechner,Emma Novak, Lana Cale, Jessica Shaw, Kayla Rogan, Amelia Crosby, Tobey Hirsch, Ely Hahami, Christian Azzara, Ben Krittman, Aaron Raja, Rahul Dawar, Maahir Kasliwal, Allison Hacket, Anika Chabria, Julia Savy,Daniel Dayter, Kieran Laffey, Priscilla Shin, Benjamin Friedrich, Lauren Tavolacci, Amanda Werney and Skye Blau.
The students were supported in their endeavors by their dedicated teachers Patrick Shannahan, Ronald Roaldson, Jerry Pokrywka, Diane Ilkiw (Judge), Dr. Scott Eckers
(Judge), Courtney Clarke (Judge), Gena Topping, Andrew Ardito (Judge), Matt Haig, Mike Haig, Dr. John Staudt (Long Island History Day Academic Coordinator and Judge), Jo Beth Roberts (Long Island History Day Academic Board member and Judge Captain).
[Thanks to Jo Beth Roberts for the write-up and Scott Eckers for some of the photos.]