Glen Cove eighth-graders from R. M. Finley Middle School participated in the Regional Junior Division of National History Day on March 18. The students competed against hundreds of other students at Hofstra University, showcasing their exhibits, documentaries and performances in front of parents and friends.
The work was the product of a yearlong effort in their Research III course, taught by teacher Ms. Maggi Ibrahim. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel and District Coordinator of English Mr. Andrew DiNapoli were also in attendance.
Each year, students participating in National History Day engage with one particular theme. This year’s theme was “Conflict and Compromise in History.” The intentional selection of the theme was to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and delve down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.
Students’ topics included the Oklahoma City bombing, the Voting Rights Act, American discrimination against Latin Americans and the politics of Venezuela. The district congratulates all of the students.