PATERSON, NJ – Paterson Public Schools’ students had another strong showing at this year’s Northern Regional National History Day competition at Seton Hall University on March 31, 2012. The students submitted 55 entries and received awards for 21 history projects. They will now go on to compete in the New Jersey State Competition on May 5th at William Paterson University.
This year’s theme is Revolution, Reaction, and Reform; and of the 323 total entries in the competition, 17% were from Paterson students. “This annual competition consistently delivers excitement and pride for Paterson every year, and we must encourage this same level of enthusiasm in our classrooms each and every day” 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. We are proud of our students’ outstanding achievement and we look forward to the State Competition.”
Eastside students Grace Lugo and Amanda Rankine are two-time competition winners (2011 and 2012) and this year they won for their history project: Rock and Roll - A Cultural Revolution.
“We learn so much during this annual event,” said Lugo. Rankine added, "It was like history was coming alive for us."
Students, teachers, and administrators from Eastside and John F. Kennedy Academies, PS #7, Rosa L. Parks Fine & Performing Arts, and International High School competed in this rigorous academic competition which revolves around various opportunities for project based learning. 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. A complete list of student winners is available at www.paterson.k12.nj.us under “District News.”
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 http://www.nhd.org/Contest.htm.
Shahana Monesha & Sema Miah
Shimanna Uddin & Tamanna Murshed
Mahruza Choudhury, Kaltoum Alibrahimi, Elif Ozer, & Nasrin Younus
Monika Salam & Frankcarlos Castro
Brown vs. Board of Ed:
Seren Ozer, Dewan Mohsin, & Asraful Islam
Magd Omar, Fahmida Begum, Thania Uddin, & Samia Uddin
Kishwar Rafid, Alexander Valdiviezo, Alvin Pujols, Leonel Torres, & Jeffrey Rosario
Rock and Roll: A Cultural Revolution
Amanda Rankine and Grace Lugo
The Dominican Revolution: The Two Sides of Trujillo
Juan and Ramon Lopez
The Dominican Revolution: Sisters in Arms
Maria Feliz, Angeliz Feliz and Cindy Feliz
The Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Dawn Brown and Crystal Lopez
Reaction to Revolution—The Red Scares
A Revolution in Medicine—Germ Theory
Rosa Parks Winners:
Rosa Parks: I Sat Down to Stand Up!
The Cotton Club:
Khalonie Forman, Brandi Luck, Eboni Owens, Clarice Forbes, Shareta Ward
Music and Race: The Revolution
Rafael Vasquez, Simone Spence, La’krystal Singletary
Wobblies Wobble But They Don’t Fall Down: The IWW & The Paterson Silk Strike
Anthony Pena, Thalia Mercado, Priscilla Cordero
Amina Begum, Harley Huarachi, Linnette Martinez
School #7 Winners:
Paterson Silk Strike of 1913
Jeremy Ayllon, Diego Buritica, Joel Heredia, Jostin Martinez
Cuban Missile Crisis: On the Brink of the World's End
Shahin Hussain, Mahfuzur Shipu, Cristian Guerra