The spectacular performance of Huntington students in the National History Day contest initiative over the years has gained the respect and attention of teachers and contest officials throughout the state.
Huntington students have garnered Long Island, New York State and national honors in past years. The initiative draws participation from all 50 states as well as from students in Washington, DC, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and international schools in South Korea, South Asia and China.
Huntington's Lauren Desiderio coordinates the district's National History Day program.
Some Huntington students are in the earliest stages of developing projects for the new school year’s competition. The 2022 contest requires research to be framed within the theme of “Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”
“The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past,” according to National History Day officials.
Huntington High School students developing projects for the 2022 contest will be joined in the initiative by sixth graders participating in the district’s SEARCH program and seventh and eighth graders in J. Taylor Finley Middle School’s Yorker Club.
Students will conduct weeks and months of research to create their projects, which will then be submitted in one of five formats: historical research papers, museum exhibits, video or computer generated documentaries, theatrical performances and websites. Besides individual entries, all categories except papers can be completed by a group of up to five students.
Huntington High School’s National History Day club promotes and sponsors the initiative. The organization is open to all students who are participating in the contest. Lauren Desiderio serves as the club’s faculty advisor and coordinates the NHD program across the district.
Finley’s Yorker Club and its faculty advisor, social studies teacher Jarrad Richter welcomes participation from all seventh and eighth graders. Students that love history will have a thoroughly enjoyable experience as a club member.
SEARCH teacher Jessica Risalvato will also be working with her students as they go about developing their projects. Past sixth grade entries have been nothing short of sensational.
Huntington’s National History Day local competition will be held in late January at the high school. The top finishers in each of the categories will advance to the Long Island regional finals in March at Hofstra University. State History Day will be held in late April in Cooperstown.
Huntington has enjoyed enormous success in the state contest. The national finals will be held in June at the University of Maryland, College Park.
For more information about this year’s National History Day initiative, contact the appropriate level advisor: