Benjamin Joseph Goes to Cooperstown

Left to right: Stimson Social Studies teacher Karen Schmitt, Principal Edwin Smith, Benjamin Joseph, and Social Studies Chairperson Jay Corcoran.
Left to right: Stimson Social Studies teacher Karen Schmitt, Principal Edwin Smith, Benjamin Joseph, and Social Studies Chairperson Jay Corcoran.

Congratulations to Stimson seventh-grader Benjamin Joseph, who was a winner in the Long Island National History Day competition at Hofstra last week. Ben created a 10-minute video documentary: “Charles Darwin- From the Finches of the Galapagos to the Theory of Evolution.” Ben explained that his research into the life of Darwin was what he enjoyed the most about this project. “Darwin was a very religious man so it was very hard for him to put out his Theory of Evolution,” said Ben.  “Darwin’s scientific theory of how all the species came to be, challenged his own belief in Creationism and the religious belief that God created everything." The National History Day competition requires students to 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.  Ben now moves onto the state level on Monday, April 18, 2016, in Cooperstown, New York.