2021 Student Research Awards

Grades 4-5 Winners


Sahana Sundar, from Cantiague School, under the direction of their teacher, Theresa Cantwell, created a PowerPoint showing the long struggle toward women’s suffrage and equality. Through this project, Sahana brought together many historical records to establish the historical context and analyze the significance of various events along the timeline leading up to the Seneca Falls Convention.


Grades 6-8 Winners


1st Place

Stephanie Hsu and Noha Myreen, from Jericho Middle School, under the direction of their teachers James Lawlor and Michelle Vevante, created a documentary about Thurgood Marshall’s role in breaking racial barriers while serving as a Supreme Court Justice. The documentary provided a rich historical context and thorough historical analysis of Marshall’s time on the bench. These students consulted various types of primary sources to document the many actions Thurgood Marshall took to pave the way toward greater racial equality.


2nd Place

Kaitlyn Choi, from Jericho Middle School, under the direction of their teacher, Konstantine Kovoros, developed a website detailing the extraordinary life of James Reese Europe. The website featured a detailed historical background, excellent historical analysis, and the use of a variety of primary sources. This project focused on many aspects of Europe’s life and his significant contribution to both the military and music world.


Grades 9-12 Winners


1st Place

Catherine Kim and Emily Kim, from Jericho High School, researched and documented the struggle for marriage equality fought by the Lovings in the 1960s. The documentary depicts the deeply embedded racism and discrimination the couple had to battle to finally obtain their right to be married in the State of Virginia. These students made great use of a variety of primary sources and placed the events in the broader context of the Civil Rights Movement and the fight for marriage equality.


2nd Place

Manav Bansal, from The Wheatley School, explored the history of The Everglades as a rich ecological treasure and argued for its preservation. The paper showed extensive historical research and in-depth analysis.