New Haven Students are State Champs!

          New Haven Students make History at History Day Event bringing home State Titles to New Haven             Four New Haven Public School Student were awarded State Championship medals at the the CT State History Competition on Saturday April 28, 2012.                        Martin Clark And Quincy Ponvert from Worthington Hooker School claimed the State title for their original performance piece "Galileo and the Copernican Theory."  Also receiving a First Place Award were Angelique Boyd and Christine Puglisi from Metro Business Academy for their performance piece  "The Power of Music: Ain't That a Shame."                      In Addition, Khadija Hussain won Second Place for her website, "Somalia: The Peaceful Revolution of 1960."  Jordan Ransom, Khadijah Kenion and Brandi Marks from Hillhouse High School won Second Place for their group documentary,  “WWII:  African American Veterans Recollection of Segregation.”                      All of these students will represent Connecticut and compete against students from all fifty states and the territories at the National History Day Competition held in June at the University of Maryland.              In addition to the students who were chosen to compete in the National Competition, New Haven students and a teacher from Hillhouse were also recognized for special awards.               Yoga Sai Gazula of Worthington Hooker School was recognized for her exhibit "The Amistad Revolt" for outstanding entry related to slavery and abolition.  Julia Joy, Jodi Walter, Aaliyah Scott and Jordan Lampo from Worthington Hooker were awarded the outstanding entry in women's history prize for their documentary  "Modern Day Feminism." Hillhouse teacher Gretchen M. Gurr was awarded the U.S. History Teacher of the Year honor.             History Day is an annual program which provides a unique opportunity for students to develop a project in history that they can share with the public.  Working individually or in small groups, middle and high school students have explored chosen topics within this year’s theme “Revolution, Reaction, and Reform in History. “  After extensive research in classrooms, libraries, and museums, students prepared papers, exhibits, performances, websites, and documentaries.  With support from their teachers and parents, students submitted projects which were judged by teachers, historians, and members of the community during the State level competition.    Connecticut History Day Results for New Haven Public Schools – April 28, 2012 Winners listed by school - 1st  & 2nd place qualify for the National Competition in  Washington D. C.   MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION: Worthington Hooker Quincy Ponvert and Martin Clark – 1st Place for Junior Group Performance, "Galileo and the Copernican Theory" Khadija Hussain – 2nd Place for Junior Individual Website, "Somalia: The Peaceful Revolution of 1960"   left to right Martin Clark, Eden Stein (Worthington Hooker Teacher) and Quincy Ponvert   State Special Award & Recognition:  Yoga Sai Gazula - Outstanding Entry Related to Slavery and Abolition, "The Amistad Revolt"  Julia Joy, Jodi Walter, Aaliyah Scott and Jordan Lampo - Outstanding Entry in Women's History, "Modern Day Feminism"   HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION: Career & Metropolitan   Angelique Boyd & Christine Puglisi -   1st Place Group Performance: “The Power of Music: Aint’t That a Shame” James Hillhouse High School Jordan Ransom, Khadijah Kenion and Brandi Marks,   2nd Place Group Documentary,  “WWII:  African American Veterans Recollection of Segregation” Wilbur Cross   Lily Engbith -   3rd Place Senior Individual Research Paper,   “Traditional Progressivism and Radical Conservatism:  An Examination of Two Populist Movements in America”   Teacher of the Year Award James Hillhouse High School Gretchen M. Gurr