Huntington High School students turned in a strong performance at the Long Island National History Day regional finals at Hofstra University last Sunday.
Sophomore Emily Shutman captured third place in the senior historical paper category and qualified for the state finals in Cooperstown next month. Huntington students also won five of the 14 special awards presentation at last weekend’s competition.
The Long Island regional finals drew entries from 540 students throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. “We also had several projects place fourth and were so close to winning,” said social studies teacher Lauren Desiderio, who is Huntington’s National History Day club faculty advisor.
Huntington’s special award recipients included:
Outstanding Entry on Colonial History: Thomas Kouttron – Long Island and the Push for Revolution: Huntington’s Efforts to Gain Colonial Rights.
Outstanding Senior Entry on Conservation, Preservation, Restoration or Entry Tied to a Historic Site: Spencer Pashkin – Ayalon Institute.
Outstanding Senior Entry on Genocide, Bias, or Tolerance: Emily Shutman – The Tientsin Massacre: A Violent Outbreak and an Abrogation of Responsibility.
Outstanding Senior Entry on Maritime History: Sam Latt and Cara Sorrentino – The Amistad: The Struggle for Human Rights.
Outstanding Senior Entry on Women’s History: Ripley Mars, Grace Rowley and Latoya Shand – A Hidden Army: Women in World War II.
Ms. Shutman’s project will now advance to the New York State History Day finals in Cooperstown on Monday, April 28. The national championships will be held June 15-19 at the University of Maryland at College Park.