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Long Beach Middle School Students Advance to NYS History Day Contest for First Time

Sydney Bergstein, Jordan Soriano, Mia Techera and Aaliyah Trichter standing around their project and smiling thumbnail222833
Long Beach Middle School students received first-time recognition in the 2022 History Day regional competition that took place in March and will advance to the New York State History Day Contest. This year’s regional contest, sponsored by SUNY Oneonta had more participants than last year with 490 students, representing 42 Long Island schools with 429 project entries.

The four seventh-grade Long Beach students Sydney Bergstein, Jordan Soriano, Mia Techera and Aaliyah Trichter placed first in the Junior Group Exhibit with their project, “The debate over women’s equality: If diplomacy worked, why are we still fighting?”

The school’s seventh grade student body started working on their projects at the beginning of the year. Their choice of topic was based on personal interest and incorporated the National History Day theme. The theme this year was “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”

The students were able to work individually or as a group and started their research by creating an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources using Noodle Tools. The goal for each of them was to demonstrate what they’ve learned through one of the following categories: tri-fold exhibits, website, documentary, performance or research paper.

Once the projects were completed, they were displayed in the school’s library and teachers, administrators and librarians evaluated the projects using NHD rubrics. Two to three projects in each category were selected to advance to the Long Island History Day Competition. School administrators would like to extend special thanks and recognition to the dedicated teachers who supported the seventh-grade students through the process: John Marr, Buddy Hoffman, Janna Arkow and Patty Van Loon.

National History Day (NHD) is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for teachers and students to engage in historical research. NHD is an innovative curriculum framework. Students learn history by selecting topics of interest and launching into year-long research projects. The mission of NHD is to improve the teaching and learning of history in middle and high school. The most visible vehicle is the NHD Contest.

Date Added: 6/22/2022