On Saturday, March 7, 2015, Tappan Zee High School social studies teacher Matt Robertson and nineteen students from the History Honor Society attended the Lower Hudson Valley’s Regional History Day Contest.
Senior Sandra Goldstein Lehnert placed 1st for her historical paper entitled “Redefining Leadership: Ella Baker, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Legacy of Youth-Led Participatory Democracy in Activism.” Junior Livy Bartels placed 1st for her outstanding documentary about Albert Goering, a German businessman who helped save the lives of Jews and other dissidents during Hitler’s reign in Germany during World War II.
Other projects of commendation included a group-documentary on Derek Jeter, as well as exhibits on filmmaker Steven Spielberg, Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii, and Margaret Thatcher and her influence on the modern punk-rock movement.
Each of these projects highlighted the theme of Leadership and Legacy in History, which was this year’s focus for the contest. The students’ hard work and dedication to crafting their projects was truly exemplary and the 1st place winners are now eligible to compete in the State Contest in late April.
The participating students will be speaking about their projects later next month at the high school’s History Honor Society Induction where they will also be on display for the evening.