Six Montville Township High School Students Will Attend 2019 National History Competition at University of Maryland in June
Montville Township High School Students Jacquelyn Dal Bon, Isabelle Duddie, Daniel Gologorsky, Cameron Hojecki, Sarah Bolen and Victoria Wei have qualified to attend the 2019 National History Day Contest in Washington D.C. The competition will be held June 9 through 13 at the University of Maryland, College Park.
MTHS Students Will Represent New Jersey Among 3,000 Students Competing From Across the Nation
Six Montville Township High School Students have qualified to attend the National History Day Competition. The six students qualified in three categories at the New Jersey History Day State Competition at William Paterson University, on Saturday, May 4, 2019. In addition, three MTHS entries were selected as Alternates, to attend Nationals in the event that the qualifiers in their category cannot attend for any reason. The Nationa History Day 2019 theme is Triumph & Tragedy in History.
The MTHS National History Day Qualifiers are: Individual Performance, Daniel Gologorsky (9th grade); Group Performance, Isabelle Duddie (9th) and Jacquelyn Dal Bon (9th); and Group Documentary, Cameron Hojecki (10th), Sarah Bolen (10th) and Victoria Wei (10th).
Gologorsky was selected for his Individual Performance of Oskar Schindler, about the German industrialist and Nazi Party member who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust.
“His story was really interesting, Gologorsky said when asked why he chose to research and present on Schindler. “It’s interesting that many of the people he saved didn’t tell anyone he saved them. They kept the secret for a very, very, long time. Also, he was a selfish human being, but he changed his ideals and he ultimately helped people stay alive.”
Duddie and Dal Bon chose to do an original Group Performance on the life of Joan of Arc.
Both Duddie and Dal Bon have been inspired by the story of Joan of Arc for a long time. The New Jersey Day State Competition project allowed the two to dive deeper in the history of the woman who is credited with changing the course of the Hundred Years’ War.
“I wanted to develop this story, Duddie explained, “because of the kind of person she was.”
“The story of Joan of Arc has always stuck with me,” Dal Bon added. “I remember the day my father told it to me.”
Hojecki, Bolen and Wei created a documentary entitled A Legacy Lost: The Mistreatment of the Chinese Through the Transcontinental Railroad.
Wei was inspired to pursue the topic when she saw a small mention of it in a series of topics about Chinese American history in her Chinese School class.
“I saw this as an opportunity to continue researching this topic,” Wei said about the project that won her team a chance to compete at nationals.
Bolen noted that making a documentary on the mistreatment of the Chinese during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad was challenging.
“It was hard to find footage,” Bolen said. “There were not a lot of images.”
Hojecki added “There were not many images because the Chinese were not considered important enough to photograph; the technology at the time was very different.”
MTHS History Competition Alternates in three categories include: Group Documentary, High Spirits and Low Profiles: The Triumph and Tragedy of Prohibition by Christine Sun and Jenny Sun (11th); Individual Performance, Time of Terror by Elizabeth Bazhenov (9th), and Group Exhibit by tenth grade students Charlotte Weinstein, Hannah Mikelis, Hayley Kirk, Megan Kirk, and Isabella Kruger.
“Eighteen MTHS individual and group entries competed in the 2019 New Jersey History Day State Competition,” said MTHS History Club Co-Advisor and Social Studies Teacher Stefanie San Filippo. “These students each did a phenomenal job and we are so proud of them. As more and more schools implement National History Day into their curriculums, the contests continue to become more competitive each year. Our students have worked so hard this year to represent MTHS in this renowned program.”
San Filippo and Co-History Club Advisor Chris Trzepinska will accompany the six MTHS students who will represent NJ at the 2019 National History Day Contest in Washington D.C.
The 2019 National History Day Contest will be held June 9 through 13 at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. This location, just outside of Washington D.C., will host nearly 3,000 student competitors, with their families and teachers.