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Students win North Country History Day awards

TICONDEROGA - Students from Moriah Central School and St. Mary's School in Ticonderoga were among those taking prizes during North Country History Day at Fort Ticonderoga's Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center.

Student projects had to address the 2009 National History Day theme of "The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies."

"It's really gratifying to see students in junior high and high school excited about history," said Rich Strum, North Country regional coordinator for New York State History Day. "These students have invested a great deal of time in historical research and pulling together compelling projects about individuals and their impact on history. It's great to see their creativity unleashed in this way."

Dr. Celine Paquette, vice chair of the New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission, presented the awards and congratulated students for their efforts.

Winning entries advance to the New York State History Day contest held at the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown on May 1. Winners at the state level will compete at National History Day in College Park, Maryland, in mid June.

Benjamin Zelinski, from Moriah Central School, took first place in the senior historical paper category with "Martin Luther King, Jr."

Gabriel Macey, from St. Mary's School, took first place in the junior historical paper category with "Sonia Weitz and Anita Dittman: Survivors of the Holocaust."

Zachary Zelinski, from St. Mary's School, took first place in the junior individual documentary category with "Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Legacies."

Annette Hurlburt, from St. Mary's School, took first place in the junior individual exhibit category with "Amelia Earhart."

Mark Donohue and Maura Jebb, from St. Mary's School, took first place in the junior group exhibit category with "Benjamin Franklin."

Taylor Booth and Kara Zelinski, from St. Mary's School, took second place in the junior group exhibit category with "Leonardo da Vinci: Mona Lisa."

A total of 15 middle and high school students from throughout the North Country won top prizes in the North Country Regional History Day and will advance to the state contest.

Gifts from Wal-Mart of Ticonderoga and Champlain National Bank helped support the North Country History Day Regional Contest.

Teachers and students interested in participating in North Country History Day during the 2009-10 school year should contact Strum, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or at 585-6370.

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