Paterson Students Win History Project Awards, Now Move on to Statewide Contest

History Contest Winners

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson students recently received awards for more than 20 history projects at The Northern Regional National History Day competition at Seton Hall University on April 2, according to city school officials. The 58 student now will compete in the New Jersey State Competition on May 7 at William Paterson University. 

This year’s theme for the contest is Debate and Diplomacy:  Successes, Failures and Consequences. Students, teachers, and administrators from John F. Kennedy High School, PANTHER, PPTA, Eastside High School, PS #7, Rosa Parks High School, and International High School competed in this rigorous academic competition which revolves around various opportunities for project based learning, according to a press release. Students prepared annotated bibliographies, interviewed experts on their topic, and constructed exhibits, websites, documentaries and performances which reflected the depth of their research and demonstrated analytical skills and understanding.

Last school year, Paterson was selected to participate in a study to collect data to measure the impact that National History Day had on student achievement. 

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“Our students’ research has proven that students who participate in National History Day achieve better grades, perform better on standardized tests, have better attendance, and are better prepared for college,” said State District Superintendent, Dr. Donnie Evans.  “For the past two decades, Paterson has secured its reputation as a district that performs exceptionally well at National History Day competitions. To have 20 projects recognized this year is an outstanding achievement and we look forward to the State competition.”

Here are the name of the winners:

Eastside High School of Informational Technology

Pamela Duran

Ana Jimenz

Shelsey Taveras

Noel-Lee Howell

Eastside High School of Governance and Public Administration

Amanda Rankie

Natalie Rodriguez


International High School

Taquerah Knighton

Harley Huarachi

Liandy Gonzalez


John F. Kennedy High School

Alexander Valdiviezo

Kishwar Rafid

Nasir Uddin

Jennifer Castaneda

Joan Castaneda

Amara Luciano

Francisco Abarca

Jasmine Bonilla

Anta Torres-Tapia

Katina Martinez

Antonella Guzman

Leonel Torres

Zena Alibrahimi

Elif Ozer

Kaltoum Alibrahimi

Mahruza Choudhury

Nasrin Younus

Carolina Gutierrez

Zakiy Muhammad

Magd Omar

Shimanna Uddin

Tammanna Murshed

Maria Artavia

Alvin Pojols

Priscilla Trastoy

Jorge Alfaro

Spencer Cheron

Taj Uddin

Samia Uddin

Thania Uddin

Mohammed Noor

Thamana Misbah

Amir Budhal

Thamina Sultana

Danya Cortes

Takmien Miah

Jaime Muriel

Berner Veliz

Jim Flores

Pamela Pemberthy

Leslie Acuna

Jayda Chowdhury


Paterson School No. 7

Andrea Casale

Tiffany Rodriguez


Rosa Parks High School

Jada Osgood

Rafael Vasquez

Simone Spence

Yuriany Torres

Nadira Vaughn


The winners of the State competition are eligible to attend the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park in June. At this event, projects from across the United States, American Samoa, Guam, International Schools and Department of Defense Schools in Europe all meet and compete.  For more information, visit




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