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History Day competition draws local students

TICONDEROGA - North Country students won top prizes at History Day at Fort Ticonderoga's Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center recently.

The students will advance to compete at New York State History Day in Cooperstown on April 30.

Tobi Voigt, coordinator of New York State History Day, noted, "I am thrilled at the growth in History Day participation in the North Country region. The student projects were well researched and created; I know the judges had a difficult time choosing winners.

"My kudos to the teachers, students, and the staff at Fort Ticonderoga for their hard work and dedication to the History Day program," added Voigt.

"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 innovations in history. It's great to see their creativity unleashed in this way."

National History Day is the nation's leading program for history education in the schools. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, research papers, and website designs. Participants include students in grades 6-8 in the Junior Division and grades 9-12 in the Senior Division.

Fort Ticonderoga hosts teacher workshops about History Day each fall in the North Country.

Winners in the North Country Region include:

- Kyle Gifaldi, from Moriah Central School, took first place in the Junior Historical Paper category with his paper "The Gatling Gun."

- Dylan Scozzafava, from Moriah Central School, took second place in the Junior Historical Paper category with his paper "The History of the Camera."

- Cole Gaddor and Colby Harvish, from Moriah Central School, took first place in the Junior Group Performance category with their performance "Tectonic Theory."

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