MORRISTOWN, NJ, – On Saturday, February 25, 40 students from The Peck School in Morristown traveled to Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ to participate in one of three regional New Jersey National History Day Competitions. This is the largest group of students from the school to qualify for the competition since its inception. The students presented 19 separate group and individual projects in categories ranging from research papers and exhibits, to websites, performances and documentaries.
Of the 40 participants, 17 Peck students, including two from Berkeley Heights and one from New Providence, were nominated by the judges to proceed to the State Competition on May 6 at William Paterson University. Of the 35 separate projects selected to proceed from this division, over one quarter of the regions winners (6 projects) originated at The Peck School. Winners in the upcoming state competition will proceed to a national competition in June.
As noted on the organization’s website, “The National History Day program is a year-long education program that culminates in a national contest every June. For more than twenty-five years the National History Day program has promoted systemic educational reform related to the teaching and learning of history in America's schools. The combination of creativity and scholarship built into the NHD program anticipated current educational reforms, making National History Day a leading model of performance-based learning.”
State Qualifiers from The Peck School for the Middle School Junior Division of New Jersey National History Day Competition included:
- Fly Girls (Group Performance): Anna Riley (Morristown), Kate Lowry (Madison), Savannah Leach (New Providence), and Chase Melchionni (Bernardsville)
- Susan B. Anthony: Taking a Stand in Equal Rights (Individual Website): Jordan Cheung (Berkeley Heights)
- Helen Keller’s Stand Against Disability Bias (Group Website): Ryan Cheung (Berkeley Heights) and Owen Patrick (Far Hills)
- Facing the Holocaust: The Stands for the Unity of Humanity and Families (Group Website): Carolyn Coyne (Morristown), Katarina Andersen (Florham Park), Annabel Plante (New Vernon), and Lila Mortensen (Lebanon)
- The Astor Place Riot: Taking a Stand for Theater (Group Exhibit): Isabella DiPasquale (Morristown) and Elizabeth Sterlin (Whippany)
- The Berlin Wall: The Wall of Injustice (Group Exhibit: Jonathan Fu (Short Hills), Will Ackerman (Mendham), James Rollo (Chester), and Sulayman Tariq (Short Hills)