2 Weber students clinch second place at Long Island History Day Regional Competition

2 Weber students clinch second place at Long Island History Day Regional Competition
Beth Javeline, Weber Middle School Principal; Aliyah Brodsky, Sophia Sobel, Thomas Barbara, Weber MS Social Studies Char (Photo by PWSD)

Eighth-grade students Aliyah Brodsky and Sophia Sobel from Weber Middle School have secured second place in the prestigious Long Island History Day Competition, the regional round of the prestigious National History Day® competition.

Each year, this competition chooses a theme around which students research topics of their own choosing and present them in a variety of manners. This year’s theme is Turning Points in History.

On Sunday, March 24, Aliyah and Sophia competed against their peers from schools across Long Island in the junior group documentary category. Their documentary, “Legacies of Controversy: Role of Balfour Declaration Influence in Middle Eastern Geopolitical Affairs,” was researched and created independently over the course of three months. The students had the support of Weber Social Studies Chair, Thomas Barbara.

In addition to earning second place in their category, the duo’s documentary earned a special award sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

Their accomplishment at the regional level now propels them forward to the New York State History Day Contest, scheduled for April 14, 2024, at SUNY Oneonta. There, they will represent Weber Middle School and vie for top honors among other state-level contenders.

The Port Washington School District extends its congratulations to Aliyah Brodsky and Sophia Sobel for their outstanding achievement and wishes them the best as they advance to the next stage of the competition.

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