Voorheesville 9th grader Rachel Lee earns award at
New York State History Day
(May 12, 2010) Clayton A. Bouton High School 9th-grade student
Rachel Lee competed in the 30th annual New York State History Day
competition in Cooperstown, NY, on April 30.
Lee's exhibit "Agricultural Innovation: The
Cooperative Extension" earned her The Farmers' Museum Award, which is
awarded for an outstanding project focused on the history or innovations
related to agriculture.
"I am very excited for Rachel and her achievement at
New York State History Day," said Mr. Tom Gladd, advisor to the high
school's chapter of the National History Club and social studies
department chair. "Even though she is new to Voorheesville, Rachel is a
four-year veteran participant of National History Day who has had
considerable success throughout that time. I look forward to working
with Rachel, and all of our young historians beginning next fall, as we
prepare for the 2011 competition."
According to Mr. Gladd, Clayton A. Bouton High
School has participated in National History Day for the past five years.
Mr. Gladd was recently informed the high school's History Club is one of
ten History Clubs selected by the
History Club to receive the "Club of the Year" award.
State Coordinator Tobi Voigt said this year's competition was the
largest contest in state history, as well as the first contest in which
entries from all 14 regions participated. Students in grades 6-12 shared
their dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia
documentaries, interactive web sites and scholarly research papers to a
panel of judges at sites all around Cooperstown, including the National
Baseball Hall of Fame, the Otesaga Resort Hotel (which will be featured
on an episode of Ghost Hunters this summer!), The Farmers' Museum, the
Fenimore Art Museum and the New York State Historical Association
Over 90 judges reviewed the projects, which had to relate to the annual
theme, "Innovation in History: Impact and Change." Voigt said the
judges were impressed by what they saw. In addition to famous
innovations in science and medicine, students took on social innovations
like the Beatles impact on music and photojournalism's impact on how we
view the world.
National History Day, a year-long educational
program sponsored in New York State by the New York State Historical
Association, encourages students to explore local, state, national, and
world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an
annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries,
archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and
interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics'
significance in history, and create final projects that present their
work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from
the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by
professional historians and educators.