Chloe Liepa

Chloe Liepa Wins NHD Excellence in Research Award

Chloe Liepa with teacher Camille Tedeschi and department chair Joseph Leavy.

July 12, 2017

Chloe Liepa goes beyond the mere routine, delving into the story behind the story. The Huntington High School Class of 2017 member is this year’s recipient of the National History Day Excellence in Research Award.

Ms. Liepa is headed to the University of the Arts London. She intends to study for a career in fashion design. Every day presents a new learning experience for the teenager, who thoroughly enjoys a challenge.

Chloe Liepa
Chloe Liepa won the National History Day Excellence in Research Award.

Named a Distinguished Senior last spring after compiling a 90 or higher academic grade average during every semester of high school, Ms. Liepa graduated in June as one of the top members of the senior class.

As a Huntington junior, Ms. Liepa captured first place in the New York State History Day finals in the individual website category for her project, deftly defending the work to a group of judges in the upstate village of Cooperstown. She later vied at the national championships at the University of Maryland at College Park.

“Over the course of an entire academic year, Ms. Liepa delved into the history of the New York City draft riots, a three day uprising where New York citizens took up arms in response to the Civil War draft,” said English teacher Michael Schwendemann, who presented the award to Ms. Liepa on behalf of the humanities department during this year’s senior academic awards ceremony in the high school auditorium.

Ms. Liepa is also a remarkably talented artist. She was one of eight Huntington students who exhibited their work at the Huntington Arts Council’s High Arts Showcase XIII at the Main Street Petite Gallery in the village.

Her award winning history website set a new standard of excellence. “After combing through original sources, Ms. Liepa told a story of the draft riots; one in which race and class played a central role in the uprising,” Mr. Schwendemann said.

Despite a very busy schedule, Ms. Liepa found time with Huntington High School’s Habitat for Humanity chapter and even travel to New Orleans with the organization to help build home there as that southern city continues to try and rebuild from Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.

The teenager cites keeping herself invested in a variety of projects and setting goals as the keys to her success.