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Jericho Students Advance to the National Level of the National History Day Competition

The Jericho High School team of Nikko Price, Harrison Tract and Matthew Weiss placed second in the senior website category at the New York State level of the National History Day competition on Friday, May 1. They are now qualified to present at the national level of this competition on June 14-18 at the University of Maryland. Their website is entitled: J. Robert Oppenheimer: A Legacy of Change and Controversy. Mr. Anthony Scarnati coaches the high school team.

Middle School students Jonathan Serota, Michael Schumer, Cooper Paston, Marisa Joachim, and Maxwell Strauss finished third in the Performance category. Their performance is titled Walt Disney: The Animated Man. Ms. Pamela Huss coaches the middle school students. This is the first year that middle school students, enrolled in the new seventh-grade Project History elective, entered the competition. “We are extraordinarily proud of the accomplishments of all our students,” said Jericho Superintendent of Schools Hank Grishman. “The extension of our social science research program to the middle school allows increased options for youngsters based on their interests and will surely serve to improve our overall program.”

National History Day is a yearlong educational program sponsored in New York State by the New York State Historical Association. This program encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, and create final projects that present their work. These projects are entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where professional historians and educators evaluate them.