Herricks High School students earned numerous distinctions in the National History Day Regional Competition, which was held virtually this year in light of the pandemic.
A total of 31 students entered 13 projects in the competition after thoroughly researching various historical topics under the guidance of advisers Samantha Gerantabee and Melissa Jacobs. Eleven projects will now advance to the virtual state event.
First-place awards were achieved by Alisha Gwalani Aanya Goel and Stephanie Sukhraj for their Group Performance, “Shirley Chisholm: The Voice of the Disenfranchised,” and by Roshni Patel, Sarah Ninan, Genesis Kang, Prableen Kaur and Amisha Brahmbhatt for their Group Exhibit, “From Outrage to Amity: The 1964 Panamanian Riots.”
Nine projects were top in their division and are listed as follows: Michael Zanetti, “The Tiananmen Square Massacre; Communicating Democracy in the Face of Government Repression,” Paper; Chris Zovko, Wafiq Khondkar, Esther Min and Scott McClellan, “The Vietnam Era: How Anti-war and News Communication Defined a Generation,” Group Documentary; Ayesha Nadeem, “Underground Railroad: How Secret Codes, Messages, and Spirituals Were Used to Escape to Freedom,” Individual Performance; Rma Polce, “Lucy: The Legacy of Lucille Ball,” Individual Performance; Madison Chiu and Maggie Lau, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Communicating Morality in the Face of Slavery,” Group Performance; Dheyala Simrin, Sanjana Lodha, Tiffany Leo and Celeste Zhang, “The Novelist Charles Dickens Communicating Reality and Calling for Reform,” Group Performance; Preston Chan, “A MAD Mission,” Individual Exhibit; Shivani Kapoor and Liyana Zaman, “The Space Race: Communication In Early Space Discoveries,” Group Exhibit and Reena Gupta and Gayatri Bulsara, “The House of Un-American Activities Committee,” Group Website.