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National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. Winners from the Hofstra competition, which serves as the Long Island region’s History Day, may go on to the New York State and the National History Day competition in Maryland. For more information, visit http://www.nyshistoryday.org/ or call Hofstra’s Department of University Relations at 516-463-6818.

Dear LIHD Teachers, Students and Parents,

On behalf of the Executive Board of Long Island History Day, we regretfully announce the cancelation of both the 2020 Long Island Regional contest, and the New York State History Day contest (please see email from NYSHD below).  

The Executive Board painstakingly deliberated to try to keep this year’s contest intact and prepared a well-designed virtual contest following the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in New York.  Due to the escalating emergency, new state-imposed social distancing protocols, Island-wide school closures, and the cancellation of state-level competitions, all of which have compromised our ability to run a fair contest, there are no viable alternatives but to cancel the 2020 Regional contest.  We know many contestants have been struggling to procure photos of exhibits locked in school buildings, and to film group performances under state-sanctioned social-distancing protocols; it is for these specific reasons, coupled with the cancellation of the state contest, that we made the agonizingly difficult decision to cancel the regional contest.  Our hearts go out to all of the dedicated students, as well as to the phenomenal teachers, librarians and staff who support them in creating the research projects that have made Long Island’s competition one of the most respected History Day contests in the nation.  All of you should take great pride, as we do, of your dedication and hard work this year.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis Hofstra’s campus, except for essential employees only, is completely shut down.  We therefore request your patience until the university is fully staffed and operational so we can process refunds for registration fees already paid. We thank you for your patience and understanding in these unprecedented circumstances.  We wish you good health and high spirits as we persevere during this global crisis.

Sincerely,
John Staudt, PhD
Department of History
LIHD Academic Coordinator
Hofstra University
Tel 516-463-5186



2019 National History Day Winners from the Long Island Region

1st Place, Junior Group Performance
“’Without Hope Life is Not Worth Living’,  The Harvey Milk Story”
Students: Michael Heyman, Harley Honig, Sydney Honig
Woodmere Middle School, Hewlett
Teacher: Vinnie Lospinuso

2nd Place, Junior Individual Website
“Crime of the Century: The Tragic Kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr.”
Student: Kaitlyn Choi
Jericho Middle School, Jericho
Teacher: Pam Travis

4th Place, Senior Individual Exhibit
“Got Beef? The Women’s New York City Kosher Meat Boycott of 1902”
Student: Rahul Ajmera
The Wheatley School, Old Westbury
Teacher: Courtney Clarke

6th Place, Junior Group Website
“The India Partition: A Line Drawn In Blood”
Students: Karen Kaknia, Gurvir Singh, David Xiang, David Zhang
Herricks High School, New Hyde Park
Teachers: Sam Gerantabee and Melissa Jacobs

9th Place, Junior Group Website
“Breeding Perfection: The Tragedy of the Eugenics Movement”
Students: Andy Liu, Nancy Tao, Angela Zhu
Jericho Middle School, Jericho
Teacher: Konstatine Kovoros

9th Place, Junior Individual Website
“The Spiritual Triumph of Wladyslaw Szpilman: Resistance in the Face of Tragedy”
Student: Kevin Zhu
Jericho Middle School, Jericho
Teacher: Theresa Cantwell

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Program Information

2019 Theme: Triumph & Tragedy in History

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LI History Day Frequently Asked Questions

  • When are the completed project entries due?
    Historical Paper and Websites entries for the 2020 contest are due on February 17th.  Students competing in Papers are to mail four hard copies of their final paper and annotated bibliography for arrival by February 17th to:
    Denise Deputy
    University Relations
    202B Hofstra Hall
    101 Hofstra University
    Hempstead, NY 11549-1010

    Please do not submit Historical Papers electronically.

    Website entries are also due on February 17th at 11:59 pm.  NHD WebCentral will lockout after this date and time.

    Exhibit, Performance and Documentary projects are due on contest day, March 29, 2020 at Hofstra.
  • When will my student be notified of what their scheduled judge interview time will be on March 29th?
    The judge interview schedule will be emailed to the student’s teacher or advisor by March 20th.
  • Can my student request a time for judging on March 29th due to special circumstances?
    Yes, but we ask that these requests be kept to a minimum, be requested well in advance and only asked for very special circumstances.  We will do our best to accommodate these requests. Please email your request to denise.n.deputy[at]hofstra.edu and be sure to include the student’s name and preferred time for judging.
  • Can my student change the title of their project after registration?
    Yes. Please email Denise Deputy to request a project title change at denise.n.deputy[at]hofstra.edu.
  • What happens if my student is sick and cannot attend the judge interviews on March 29th?
    If your student is competing as an individual in any category (including Papers and Websites) and cannot attend the competition on March 29th due to illness, or for any other reason, then they unfortunately will not be allowed to compete.  If your student is part of a group project in Exhibits, Documentaries, or Websites then the other members of the group can represent them at the judge interview.  Please note, ALL members of a group Performance must be present on competition day to be judged.  If any member of a group Performance is not present, then the entire group will not be able to compete.
  • Do my students competing in the Documentary category need to bring their own equipment?
    No.  Students competing in Documentaries must download their film to a flash drive using VLC Media Player with an MPEG4 format.  VLC is a free and open source multi-media player and frame work that plays most multi-media files, and is used on all Hofstra University computers.  Additionally, we will require all students submitting documentary projects to provide an additional flash drive of their project to leave with the judges on contest day after their interview.  This additional flash drive will be used if the judges need to review a documentary.  This flash drive will not be returned to the student.
  • Can my students competing in Performances borrow furniture for props?
    No.  All students competing in Performances must provide their own props and be able to carry these items in unassisted into the judges room.
  • How will my student know if he or she made it to run off judging (second round judging)?
    A list of entries being sent to run off judging will be posted in the Hofstra Student Center Theater at approximately 1:30 pm on contest day.
  • Does my student need to be present for run off judging?
    Students competing in Performances and Documentaries only must be present for run off judging.  All other category competitors do not need to present for run offs.
  • Does my student need to be present at the Award Ceremony to accept their win?
    No.  Any medals or certificates that were not picked up at the Awards Ceremony will be mailed to the student’s teacher the day following the competition.
  • If my student is not present at the Award Ceremony, how will they know if they have won and/or will compete in the New York State History Day Competition?
    A full list of winners will be posted on the Hofstra website on Monday, March 30th at www.hofstra.edu/historyday.
  • Can my school pay by Purchase Order?
    Yes.  Please send an email to Denise Deputy at denise.n.deputy[at]hofstra.edu requesting a quote.  Please include the name of your school, address, contact person name, email and phone number and the number of students who will be participating in the contest.  Once you receive the quote from Hofstra, please forward that to your accounting office to start the school purchase order.  Once Hofstra receives the purchase order number from your school, we will invoice your accounting office accordingly.
  • Can a student compete as an individual without their school being involved?
    Yes, but the student still must have a teacher, librarian of other school official sponsor their registration.  This person must register as a “teacher” for the contest.  The student will not be able to complete their own on line registration until their “teacher” registers on line first.  The teacher, educator or administrator does not have to be directly involved in the student’s research for their project, and the student can operate autonomously through the process.
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2019 List of Participating Schools

BERNER MIDDLE SCHOOL
CLARKE MIDDLE SCHOOL
COMMACK MIDDLE SCHOOL
COPIAGUE MIDDLE SCHOOL
DIVISION AVENUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
EAST MEADOW HIGH SCHOOL
GEN DOUGLAS MACARTHUR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
General Douglas MacArthur High School
GEORGE W HEWLETT HIGH SCHOOL
GREAT HOLLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL
GREAT NECK SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
H B THOMPSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
HALF HOLLOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL EAST
HAUPPAUGE HIGH SCHOOL
HAUPPAUGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Hebrew Academy Of Long Beach
HENRY L STIMSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
HERRICKS HIGH SCHOOL
HERRICKS MIDDLE SCHOOL
HUNTINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
ISLIP HIGH SCHOOL
J TAYLOR FINLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL
JACK ABRAMS STEM MAGNET SCHOOL
JERICHO MIDDLE SCHOOL
JERICHO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
JOHN F KENNEDY MIDDLE SCHOOL

LAWRENCE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
LONG BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL
MASSAPEQUA HIGH SCHOOL
MINEOLA MIDDLE SCHOOL
NORTH SHORE MIDDLE SCHOOL
OYSTER BAY HIGH SCHOOL
PAUL D SCHREIBER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
PLAINVIEW-OLD BETHPAGE/JFK HIGH SCHOOL
ROBERT M FINLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL
SCHOOL 9M-OCEANSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL
SHOREHAM-WADING RIVER HIGH SCHOOL
SOUTH WOODS MIDDLE SCHOOL
St. Anthony’s High School
SYOSSET SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
The Brandeis School
W TRESPER CLARKE HIGH SCHOOL
WALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOL
WARD MELVILLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
WHEATLEY SCHOOL
WILLETS ROAD SCHOOL
WOODHULL INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
WOODLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
WOODMERE MIDDLE SCHOOL

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