COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - A group of 11 middle and high school students from Westfield Academy and Central School traveled to Cooperstown, N.Y., recently to participate in the New York State History Day competition.
The students earned the right to participate in the state-level competition after competing in the regional competition held on the campus of SUNY Fredonia in March.
Each year the National History Day program puts out a theme and students have the opportunity to create a project about a historical topic relating to that theme. This year's theme was Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History. To complete a project students are required to do intensive research on their topic and create the project itself along with an annotated bibliography and process paper.
Westfield Academy and Central School sent 11 middle and high school students to New York State History Day in Cooperstown, N.Y. Front row from left to right: Julia Quagliana; Hannah Hoebener; and Haleigh Hoebener. Back row from left to right: Sara Campbell; Josh McCord; Greg Schroeder; Trevor North; and Jonathan Wilson. Absent from the picture were Amanda Campbell, Emily Corwin and Sara Corwin.
Students began working on their projects with WACS social studies teacher Steve Holmberg in November and continued updating and revising for several months leading up to the two competitions. Students invested many hours researching primary and secondary sources and developing their projects.
Among the group of Westfield students participating in the state-level competition this year were: Seniors Amanda Campbell and Haleigh Hoebener; eighth graders Sara Campbell, Emily Corwin, Joshua McCord, Trevor North, Julia Quagliana, Greg Schroeder and Jonathan Wilson; and sixth graders Sara Corwin and Hannah Hoebener.
For the third year in a row, Haleigh Hoebener earned the right to advance to the national competition in June with her entry titled "Miranda vs. Arizona: You Have the Right to Remain Silent." She will be traveling to Washington, D.C., in June to once again represent the region at the national competition.
The National History Day program is sponsored in New York State by the New York State Historical Association and locally by the SUNY Fredonia history department. More information can be found at nyshistoryday.org.