As April Recess was winding down, students and faculty were preparing for the New York State History Day finals in Cooperstown. Five Wheatley students were accompanied by Mrs. Jo Beth Roberts, Mr. Patrick Shanahan and Dr. Scott Eckers, departing on Sunday, 29 April. The Wheatley competitors, who had winning entries in last month’s Long Island History Day at Hofstra University, were:
- Ashley Vincenzo (Senior Individual Website): The 1953 Iranian Coup: A Tenuous Western Triumph, A Significant Global Tragedy
- Aliza Virji (Junior Individual Website): Operation Babylift: The Triumph of Enduring Vietnamese Culture After the Tragedy of War
- Benjamin Casella (Junior Individual Documentary): The Space Shuttle Program: A Cosmic Triumph with a Tragic End
- Rahul Ajmera (Senior Individual Exhibit): The Real Housewives of the Lower East Side: The 1902 Kosher Meat Boycott
- Emma Melnikov (Senior Individual Performance): A Murder to Make the Masses Seen: The Tragic Romanov Fall Paving the Way for Bolshevik Triumph
Our students were proud of the work they had produced over the past few months and excited to share their findings with judges, parents, and peers. All five of our students made it to the run-off round, in which each category’s top four to six projects from the state competed again! Both Rahul Ajmera and Emma Melnikov took first place in the state for their projects! As such, they will be competing in the National Finals at the University of Maryland in June!
All district social studies teachers should be commended for working so diligently with all our students. Their efforts helped support a high level of historical inquiry and writing—critical skills that transcend high school social studies classes.
Congratulations again to Rahul and Emma!
Next year’s National History Day theme is “Breaking Barriers in History.” There is already buzz about possible topics!
[Thanks to Dr. Eckers for the write-up and photos!]