Six from HBT Head to NYS History Day

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Six students from H.B. Thompson Middle School won first-place honors at the National History Day Long Island Regional competition held last month at Hofstra University, advancing to the New York State competition in Cooperstown on April 18.

In the Junior Group Website category, students Connor Chen and Ronit Dhulia won for their website project “The Development of the Heliocentric Model,” which addresses the astronomical model in which the Earth and planets revolve around the sun at the center of the solar system. In the Junior Group Exhibit, the team of Sophie Bernard, Abby Blick, Riley Kelly and Kiera Sherman won for their research and presentation on French Naval officer and explorer Jacques Cousteau.

National History Day contests are held in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, and at international schools in Central America, China, Korea and South Asia. Students create historical projects in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. Using primary and secondary sources, participants focus their projects around the annual theme. The top two entries in each category from each affiliate are invited to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in College Park, Maryland, held June 12-16.

Congratulations and good luck to Connor, Ronit, Sophie, Abby, Riley and Kiera!