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Students From Across the State 'Triumphed" at The New York State History Day Competition


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COOPERSTOWN, NY, May 1, 2007—On Friday, April 27th, various venues in Cooperstown were transformed into lively living history museums with the addition of more than 350 middle and high school students and their families from across New York State convening for the New York State History Day competition. Students from 11 regions throughout New York State presented their award-winning work reflecting this year’s National History Day (NHD) theme: Triumph and Tragedy in History in the state finals held at the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA), The Farmers’ Museum, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and The Otesaga Hotel. The day’s events culminated in an awards ceremony at the Cooperstown High School Auditorium at 5:00 pm.

The state contest, sponsored by the New York State Historical Association, is a yearlong history education program that challenges students in grades 6-12 to produce exceptional scholarship on topics in history related to an annual theme. Students from 11 different regions throughout New York State presented their final projects in the form of dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, interactive web sites and scholarly research papers to a panel of judges. First and second place winners in each category advance to National History Day at the University of Maryland, College Park, in June, to compete with history scholars from throughout the country.

This is the 27th year that the New York State Historical Association has sponsored the state-level History Day competition. Under the direction of New York State History Day Coordinator Tobi Voigt and John Buchinger, Associate Director of Education, student participation increased 30 percent over last year. The Cooperstown Community benefited greatly from the influx of visitors this year. New York State History Day “filled accommodations and restaurants and enlivened Main Street,” according to local proprietor Ed Landers; the event has “significant economic impact for our community.” Recognizing both the educational and economic value of New York State History Day, State Senator James L. Seward has championed government support of the program.

The popularity of History Day is related to the degree of ownership students feel in researching and designing their projects. “The History Day program is a natural fit for students. It gives students the opportunity to choose a research topic that they are most interested in, which not only keeps them engaged but also makes for an enormously meaningful learning experience. Students are not just looking at this as something for school, but something that matters in their own lives, said John Buchinger, Associate Director of Education.

“The New York State History Day competition is the capstone of a yearlong process. Students spend months collecting quality research, analyzing their findings, and presenting strong arguments as to how their chosen topic relates to the annual theme, ‘Triumph and Tragedy in History.’ The level of work presented at this competition is top notch, and we are extremely pleased to honor and recognize these efforts here in Cooperstown,” said Tobi Voigt, New York State History Day Coordinator.

The following students placed in the top three in each category; first and second place winners will go on to the national competition:

Junior Historical Paper

• 3rd Place: From Triumph to Tragedy: The Versailles Treaty Fails to Establish a Lasting Peace. Gabriel Kabak, Ramaz Middle School
• 2nd Place: Lyndon Baines Johnson: The Triumph of the Great Society and the Tragedy of Vietnam. Kalman Victor, Ramaz Middle School
• 1st Place: The Creation of the State of Isreal. Aviv Lipman, Woodmere Middle School

Junior Web Sites
• 3rd Place: Hiroshima: Triumph and Tragedy. Peter Blanco, Woodmere Middle School
• 2nd Place: Triangle Fire. Mallory Merryman, Felix V. Festa Middle School
• 1st Place: Louis Armstrong & New Orleans Jazz. Emma Smith, Hunter College Campus Schools

Junior Individual Documentary
• 3rd Place: The Shah of Iran. Mahsa Taskindoust, Felix V. Festa Middle School
• 2nd Place: Winning the Race to the Moon: Lasting Value or Passing Moment. Julia Buff, Genesis at Xaverian
• 1st Place: Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville: Triumph and Tragedy. Stephanie Mackowski, Allegany-Limestone Central Schools

Junior Group Documentary
• 3rd Place: The All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Abby Levy, Kyra Malamood, and Megan Malamood, Farnsworth Middle School
• 2nd Place: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Matt Kigler, Jordan Naft, and Bruce Rubin, Felix V. Festa Middle School
• 1st Place: Vincent's Impression. Molly Pearlman, Shyah Miller, Greg Brodersen, Cooperstown Middle School

Junior Individual Performance
• 3rd Place: Kindertransport: A Journey from Desperation to Hope. Ilana Kaufman, Hunter College Campus Schools
• 2nd Place: Emma Goldman. Allegra Kuney, Felix V. Festa Middle School
• 1st Place: Philippines. Rachel Aguilar, Felix V. Festa Middle School

Junior Group Performance

• 3rd Place: Korean War. Koeun Choi and Rachel Refkin, Felix V. Festa Middle School
• 2nd Place: Spinning for a Living: A Lowell Mill Girl's Day. Meagan Freeze and Jillian Doyle, Genesis at Xaverian
• 1st Place: Ireland's Daugthers as Domestic Servants: The Bridge Between the Tragedy of the Famine and the Triumph of Success in America. Caitlin Palumbo and Danielle Gordon, Genesis at Xaverian

Junior Individual Exhibit
• 3rd Place: John F. Kennedy: 100 Days of Triumph and a Tragic End in Dallas. Victoria Anania, Cooperstown Middle School
• 2nd Place: Victory in the Face of Defeat: The Battle of Monocacy. William Reis, Cooperstown Middle School
• 1st Place: Willowbrook State School: From Atrocities to Sweeping Reforms. James Marlow, Genesis at Xaverian

Junior Group Exhibit

• 3rd Place: Caeser. Bart Czarnik and Nick McGill-Behr, Felix V. Festa Middle School
• 2nd Place: The Triangle Factory Fire: Death by fire, Birth by Law . Quinton Hughes and Alana Holt, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central Schools
• 1st Place: The Trials and Tribulations of the Riverkeeper's Fight to Protect the Hudson River. Kaitlyn Coleman and Kristie Coleman, Genesis at Xaverian

Senior Historical Paper

• 3rd Place: John Snow and the Triumph of Cholera. Meryl Natow, George W. Hewlett High School
• 2nd Place: Tragedy in Armenia: The Forgotten Genocide. Mattea Cumoletti, Academy of the Holy Name
• 1st Place: Terence MacSwiney: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hunger Strike. Jason Perlman, Hunter College Campus Schools

Senior Web Site
• 2nd Place: China's Drive for Modernization: The Triumph and Tragedy of Change. Shirou Wu, Commack High School
• 1st Place: McCarthyism: A Tragic Attempt to Triumph over Communism. Darren Huang, Herricks High School

Senior Individual Documentary
• 3rd Place: 444. Amit Kohli, Herricks High School
• 2nd Place: A Country's Triumph after Tragedy: Cambodia. Samantha Rothberg, Scarsdale High School
• 1st Place: Writing History With Lightening: The Triumph and Tragedy of America's First Blockbuster. Charlotte Burger, Massapequa High School

Senior Group Documentary
• 3rd Place: The Atomic Bomb: How It Started One War and Ended Another. Ryan Beres, Forest Sonnenfeldt, and Aaron Lemle, Ethical Culture The Fieldston School
• 2nd Place: Saved from the Ashes: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Kindertransport. Jessica Seminelli and Aliyana Gewirtzman, Clarkstown South High School
• 1st Place: Truth and Liberation: Overcoming the Adveristy of Apartheid. Peter DiMarco, Jordan Stein, and Vijay Jain, Herricks High School

Senior Individual Performance
• 3rd Place: To Live and Die Baseball. Andre Kuney, Clakstown South High School
• 2nd Place:Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk: Separating the Madness for the Music. Virginia Ofer, Cooperstown High School
• 1st Place: Attica. Calvin Ho, Herricks High School

Senior Group Performance
• 3rd Place: Mistaken Identity: The Triumph of Japanese Americans in the Face of Tragedy. Jonathan Hudson, Jin Park, Jina John, Leena Jube, Clarkstown South High School
• 2nd Place: AIDS/HIV: The Plight Continues . Nandini Venkateswaren, Marianne Jacob, and Preetu Kohli, Herricks High School
• 1st Place: Ianfu. Young Song, Brian Chang, Clara Park, and Sahil Doshi, Herricks High School

Senior Individual Exhibit

• 3rd Place: "The Light Within:" A Triumph of Friendly Persuasion Over Slavery. Lauren Katz, Commack High School
• 2nd Place: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: The Spark of Reform . Liesl Hall, Cooperstown High School
• 1st Place: Rust on the Covenant Chain. Michael Tarantelli, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central Schools

Senior Group Exhibit
• 3rd Place: "They Hit the Pavement Just Like Rain:" The Tragedy and Triumph of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Sondra Lipshutz, Andolika Mohan, and Anu Lingala, Clarkstown South High School.
• 2nd Place: Airlift Saves a City. Dieter Ulken and Yale Weiss, Cooperstown High School
• 1st Place: Tibet and the Dalai Lama: Triumph and Tragedy in the Himalayas. Katie Anania and Kim Leon, Cooperstown High School

Special awards were as follows:

Ancient Order of Hibernians Award
Junior Group Performance
Ireland's Daughters as Domestic Servants: The Bridge Between the Tragedy of the Famine and the Triumph of Success in America
Caitlin Palumbo & Danielle Gordon, Genesis at Xaverian

Bassett Healthcare Award

Junior Group Documentary
Smallpox: the Road to Eradication
Jillian Perrillo & Olivia Kennison, Worcester Central School

National Archives and Records Administration
Junior Historical Paper
1936 Berlin Olympics
Anthony Conte, Felix V. Festa Middle School

Senior Historical Paper
The Eradication of Smallpox: The Triumph Over Disease
Cecille Bernstein, Hunter College Campus Schools

Junior Individual Documentary
Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville: Triumph and Tragedy
Stephanie Mackowski, Allegany - Limestone Central School District

Senior Individual Documentary
The AAGPBL: A Microcosm of Women
Alexandra Rheinhardt, Cooperstown Central High School

Junior Group Documentary
The All American Girls Professional Baseball League
Abby Levy, Kyra Malamood & Megan Malamood, Farnsworth Middle School

Senior Group Documentary
A Rose Rises From the Ashes
Katherine Wells & Sohee Rho & Casey Gerety, Guilderland High School

Junior Individual Performance
Kindertransport: A Journey from Desperation to Hope
Ilana Kaufman, Hunter College Campus Schools

Senior Individual Performance
The Triumph and Tragedy of Mr. John Dee
Joseph Cittadino, Liverpool High School

Junior Group Performance
Korean War
Koeun Choi & Rachel Refkin, Felix V. Festa Middle School

Senior Group Performance
Lincoln and the Suppression of Habeas Corpus: The Triumph of Civil Rights and the Tragedy of Civil Liberties
David Glekel, Felipe Restrepo & Peter Gross, Ethical Culture The Fieldston School

Junior Individual Exhibit
The Sinking of America's Neutrality in WWI: The Lustitania
Jenna Hastings, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central Schools

Senior Individual Exhibit
The Creation of the Transcontinental Railroad: A Technological Marvel with a Human Cost
Jordan Friedman, George W. Hewlett HS

Junior Group Exhibit
Surviving Slavery
Dijon Johnson, Christine Brown, Brandon Brown & Shameeka Skeete, I.S.78 Roy Mann

Senior Group Exhibit
An American Triumph and Tragedy: Manifest Destiny
Artur Dmowski & Joel Kaplan & Perry Fisher & Mohammod Arafat, Stuyvesant High School

SUNY-Fredonia Ethnic and Minority Studies Award
Senior Individual Exhibit
Rust on the Covenant Chain
Michael Tarantelli, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central Schools

Senior Group Exhibit
The Colors of Little Rock
Najiba Keshwani, Samantha Katz, Rachel Simon, Bonnie Schiffman & Molly Lenowi, Herricks High School

Honorable Mention:
Junior Group Exhibit
Immigration Sensation: Immigration in the Late 1800's
Jamie Harper & Codee Spinner, Cassadaga Valley Central School District

Folk and Jablonka Award
Junior Individual Exhibit
Voyage of the Damned- Refuge Denied
Jenna Kurz, Woodmere Middle School

National Baseball Hall of Fame Award
Senior Individual Documentary
The AAGPBL: A Microcosm of Women
Alexandra Rheinhardt, Cooperstown Central High School

New York State Historical Association Award
Junior Group Documentary
Preservation
Sarah Mohamed Ali, Aleena Hussain & Nada Gaber, An Nur Islamic School

Senior Individual Exhibit
Rust on the Covenant Chain
Michael Tarantelli, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central Schools

The Farmers' Museum Award
Senior Individual Documentary
Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Balladeer
Brendan Blendell, The Doane Stuart School

The Freeman's Journal Award
Junior Group Performance
Rising From the Ashes: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
Anna Milgramm, Jenn Bard & Jeanie Gribben, Woodmere Middle School

Thomas W Malone Award
Junior Individual Documentary
Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville: Triumph and Tragedy
Stephanie Mackowski, Allegany - Limestone Central School District

Senior Group Performance
Lincoln and the Suppression of Habeas Corpus: The Triumph of Civil Rights and the Tragedy of Civil Liberties
David Glekel & Felipe Restrepo & Peter Gross, Ethical Culture The Fieldston School

Upstate History Alliance Award of Excellence
Junior Group Exhibit
Immigration Sensation: Immigration in the Late 1800's
Jamie Harper & Codee Spinner, Cassadaga Valley Central School District

Women's History Award
Senior Group Documentary
A Rose Rises From the Ashes
Katherine Wells & Sohee Rho & Casey Gerety, Guilderland High School

New York State History Day is sponsored by the New York State Historical Association. Major funding for the program, made possible by the generous support of Senator James L. Seward, is provided through the New York State Education Department.

For more information on New York State History Day, e-mail the State Coordinator at nyshistoryday@nysha.org, or visit the New York State History Day web site at www.nyshistoryday.org.

About the New York State Historical Association
The New York State Historical Association is committed to engaging and connecting a broad public audience to New York State’s unique cultural heritage through exhibitions, extensive library collections, statewide educational programs, and publications that provoke, delight, and inspire. Founded in 1899, NYSHA is a private, non-profit, membership-based, educational and cultural institution dedicated to preserving, collecting, and interpreting art and historical artifacts significant to New York State’s rich history and American culture. The Association’s remarkable collections, showcased in the Fenimore Art Museum, comprise some of the best examples of American landscape, history, and genre paintings including seminal works by Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount and Benjamin West; the renown Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, a masterpiece collection of more than 800 art objects, representing a broad scope of North American cultures; and one of the nation’s most comprehensive and significant folk art collections. NYSHA’s Research Library holdings include over 80,000 volumes on American, New York State, and local history. For more information on the Association, Fenimore Art Museum, the Research Library, or Membership, please call (607) 547-1400 or visit www.nysha.org. The Association’s mailing address is P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326

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New York State Historical Association
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