FULTON, NY – G. Ray Bodley High School honors humanities students are making history.
Freshmen Andrew and Aaron Dedich advanced to the state level National History Day competition after winning second place in the regional National History Day competition earlier this month at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.
Joining the brothers are: Jasmine James, Madison Lang and Jake Geitner, who won first place in the regional competition for their Weebly-published website, “Roman Roads.”
A component of their honors humanities project-based learning activity, each student team chose their own topic related to local, national or world history, which also fit the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day theme of “Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in History.”
The Dedichs performed a skit called “Debate on 300” about the encounter between the Greeks and Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae and how it impacted the morale of the Greek troops.
James, Lang and Geitner’s website work engaged regional competition judges in the engineering achievement of the Roman road system and the effects it had on the Roman Empire and beyond.
Half of the 65 ninth and 10th grade honors humanities students at GRB competed at the regional level, where they presented their pieces to a panel of professionals in the field (web designers, historians, authors and actors).
“Roman Roads” and “Debate on 300” will again be presented before a panel of professionals, but this time on April 18 at the state competition in Cooperstown.
From there they could advance to the June national contest at the University of Maryland, College Park.
This is the second year that GRB students have participated in National History Day.
Last year, Suzy McRae won second place at regionals and went to Cooperstown for her documentary film on the Nuremberg Trials.
Teachers Susan Dauphin and Danielle Crisafulli are both proud of their students’ hard work and dedication.
They also commended Caleb Clarke, who placed third in the regional competition for his exhibit.
Next year, Dauphin said she would like to see a junior team from the Fulton Junior High School participate in National History Day events.