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New York State Winners

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    When we last left our two Sayville Students, Jared Bergen and Emily Sneddon had advanced at the Regional National History Day Competition, held at Hofstra University, by placing 2ND in the Senior Group Website category. This made them eligible to compete at the state level in Cooperstown, NY.  


    Now, the historic date of April 27TH, 2015 will be memorable in Sayville High School Social Studies Department. On this day, Emily and Jared won FIRST PLACE for New York State at the State Convention for  the National History Day competition (They competed in the website division).



    To compete in National History Day, the Sayville social studies students did more than just look up a few facts about the past. Rather, they engaged in critical thinking and problem solving while honing their research, reading, and writing skills. By thoroughly learning their subjects, they became genuine authorities. This was quite evident during the evening showcase, when the students confidently answered questions about their presentations. 


    With Social Studies teacher advisor LynnAnn Perlin, the two students had worked diligently researching Robert H. Jackson and his legacy with the Nuremberg trials. Their research included interviews with survivors from more recent atrocities such as Sierra Leone and Rwanda, as well as Jackson’s living relatives.


    Congratulations, Jared and Emily, on winning for New York State! Wishing them the best of luck as they will be competing for the National Title between June 14-18 in College Park, Maryland!

     Photo: Teacher LynnAnn Perlin, NY State Winners Jared Bergen and Emily Sneddon, with High School Principal Ronald Hoffer


    National History Day (NHD), a national academic program, holds an annual, historical-research based competition that encourages students to delve into serious historical study. 


    According to National History Day website: “Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances, and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state, and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.”