Area Students Advance to New York State History Day Contest
Mar 12, 2013
Thirty-seven middle and high school students from the North Country won top prizes at North Country History Day on Saturday, March 9, at Fort Ticonderoga’s Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. These students will advance to compete at New York State History Day in Cooperstown on April 29.
“What a great day!” said Rich Strum, the Fort’s Director of Education, and also serves as North Country Regional Coordinator for New York State History Day. “Not only was it exciting to see student projects, but it was great to see students from throughout the region sharing with each other their common interest in history and what history can teach us about ourselves. Each and every student participant invested a great deal of time and energy in historical research and creating compelling projects reflecting this year’s them of ‘Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.’”
Junior Division (Grades 6-8) North Country Regional winners include:
- Clare Fowler, from Greenwich Central School, took first place in the Historical Paper category with her paper “Kristallnacht.”
- Francis Kneussle, from Peru Middle School, took first place in the Individual Documentary category with his documentary “Valley Forge: From Farms to Arms.”
- Dan Brierly, Jesse Tefft, Amanda Ennis, and Samantha Boyea, from Greenwich Central School, took first place in the Group Performance category with their performance “History Repeats Itself.”
- Riley Manso and Zachary Spaulding, from St. Mary’s School in Ticonderoga, took second place in the Group Performance category with their performance “Walt Disney.”
- Rosalind Elizabeth Maguire, from Greenwich Central School, took first place in the Individual Exhibit category with her exhibit “Racial Segregation.”
- Eamoon Goodfellow, from Peru Middle School, took second place in the Individual Exhibit category with his exhibit “Ronald Reagan and the Rise of Conservativism in America.”
- Clayton Spaulding, Natalie O’Neil, and Sebastian Sprouse, from St. Mary’s School in Ticonderoga, took first place in the Group Exhibit category with their exhibit “Gettysburg.”
- Nicholas Manfred, from Moriah Central School, took first place in the Individual Website category with his website “Martin Luther King, Jr.”
- Alexis Hutchins, Madison McBride, and Kyleigh Bell took first place in the Group Website category with their website “Nellie Bly: A Madhouse Exposé.”
- Kathleen O’Neill and Ronald O’Neill, from St. Mary’s School in Ticonderoga, took second place in the Group Website category with their website “Irish Potato Famine.”
Senior Division (Grades 9-12) North Country Regional winners include:
- Jamie Vogt, Liam Bell, and Taylor Morse, from Peru High School, took first place in the Group Documentary category with their documentary “Smallpox: The First Vaccine.”
- Ethan Depo, from Peru High School, took first place in the Individual Exhibit category with his exhibit “D-Day Deception.”
- Melissa Paris, from Mountainside Christian Academy in Schroon Lake, took second place in the Individual Exhibit category with her exhibit “The Automobile.”
- Alexandra Lashway, Shonna Provoncha, Karla Hayes, Tanner Conely, and Jarron Boyle, from Moriah Central School, took first place in the Group Exhibit category with their exhibit “The Birth of the Electric Age.”
- Darcy Smith and Tyler Andre, from Peru High School, took second place in the Group Exhibit category with their exhibit “The Red Cross: Clara Barton.”
- Dylan Scozzafava, Jonathan Brassard, Cole Gaddor, Kyle Gifaldi, and Thomas Yakalis, from Moriah Central School, took first place in the Group Website category with their website “Saratoga: Turning Point of the American Revolution.”
A special prize for the best use of primary sources, sponsored by the “Ticonderoga, the First 250 Years” Committee, was awarded to Alice Cochran, from Moriah Central School, for her Individual Exhibit entry “The British Invasion.”
Participating schools included Edison Home School, Greenwich Central School, Moriah Central School, Mountainside Christian Academy (Schroon Lake), Peru High School, Peru Middle School, and St. Mary’s School (Ticonderoga). A total of 55 students with 28 entries participated in North Country Regional History Day.
National History Day is the nation’s leading program for history education in schools. The program annually engages 2 million people in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, research papers, and website designs. They may enter in competition at the regional, state, and national level. Participants include students in grades 6-8 in the Junior Division and grades 9-12 in the Senior Division. National History Day also provides educational services to students and teachers, including a summer internship program, curricular materials, internet resources, and annual teacher workshops and training institutes.
FortTiconderoga hosts teacher workshops about History Day each fall in the North Country and Regional Coordinator Rich Strum is available to meet with teachers at their schools to introduce the program. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal in 2011, “Students who participate in National History Day—actually a year-long program that gets students in grades 6-12 doing historical research—consistently outperform their peers on state standardized tests, not only in social studies but in science and math as well.”
Teachers and students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Warren counties interested in participating in North Country History Day during the 2013-14 school year should contact Rich Strum, North Country Regional Coordinator for New York State History Day, at email@example.com or at (518) 585-6370.
Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga’s history. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 17 through October 20, 2013. The 2013 season features the Fort’s newest exhibit “It would make a heart of stone melt” Sickness, Injury, and Medicine at Fort Ticonderogawhich explores early medical theory, practice, and experience as each relates to the armies that served at Fort Ticonderoga in the 18thcentury. Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.
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Photo: Alice Cochran, from Moriah Central School, was awarded a special prize for the best use of primary sources in her North Country History Day project “The British Invasion.” On March 9, 55 students from seven regional schools participated in North Country History Day held at Fort Ticonderoga. Pictured are: June Curtis from the “Ticonderoga, the First 250 Years” Committee, which sponsored the award, Alice Cochran, and North Country History Day regional coordinator Rich Strum.