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Bronxville High Students Advance in National History Day Competition

Forty-eight Bronxville High School students advanced to the Lower Hudson Valley Regional National History Day Competition after being named winners in one of several categories at the schoolwide competition.
Forty-eight Bronxville High School students advanced to the Lower Hudson Valley Regional National History Day Competition after being named winners in one of several categories at the schoolwide competition. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. --   Forty-eight Bronxville High School freshmen and sophomores utilized their research and analytical skills to win a recent schoolwide competition.

The students, who conducted extensive historical research over several months, have advanced to the Lower Hudson Valley Regional National History Day Competition, which will be held on Saturday, March 11.

They advanced after being named winners in one of several categories at the competition, held on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The students’ authentic work focused on this year’s National History Day theme of “Taking a Stand” and is displayed in one of five ways – paper, website, documentary, performance or exhibit, according to a release from the Bronxville Union Free School District.

As part of their research, which allowed them to further explore their interest in a specific topic, many of them contacted experts in the field, analyzed the evidence and data they collected and developed theses that addressed the theme, the release said.

"I appreciate that National History Day instills in students the research skills that they can bring into all other areas of their life,” social studies teacher Christina Reidel said. “Knowing how to ascertain the reliability of evidence, analyze competing perspectives and communicate powerfully are central to this work."

At the regional competition, the students will be interviewed by professors and scholars and articulate what they’ve discovered through their historical research. Winners in that competition will advance to the state competition and ultimately to the national finals.

The following are the students (listed by category) who advanced to the regional competitions:

Paper

  • Camila Blikstad
  • Zixi Chen
  • Grace Sperber

Website (Group)

  • Olivia Doyle and Sara Goodell
  • Sophie Geer, Nicole Semenyuk, Abey Thomas and Lily Vorbach
  • Jack Kochansky, Dayan Malley, Colm Ruddy and Julian Thomet

Website (Individual)

  • Molly Denning
  • Mia Gradelski
  • Kevin Leka

Documentary (Group)

  • Mary Grealy, Isabel Sondey and Sophia Sulimirski
  • Ben Hanley and Finn Seibold
  • Charles Bogatyrenko, Logan Glick, Christopher Hutchins and Eco Valdes

Documentary (Individual)

  • James Apostalatos
  • Michelle Coppola
  • Partick Krall

Performance (Group)

  • Norah Foley and Andrea Shepard
  • Quinn Daly, Zach Flangos, Quin Madden and Sean Sullivan

Performance (Individual)

  • Lauren Lee
  • Caroline Spitz

Exhibit (Group)

  • Julia Curran, Patty Haggerty, Celia Kelty and McKenna Stoltz
  • Sabrina Mellinghoff, Emily Perry and Sofia Ricciarni
  • Catie Burnell and Ellie Parson

Exhibit (Individual)

  • Sofia Fenner
  • Kirsten Ircha
  • Viena Pentikainen

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