Stimson Has Four New York State History Day Winners

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Stimson social studies teacher Mr. Brian Thomas brought back exciting news from Cooperstown, NY, where the NYS History Day competition was held this past weekend. New York State History Day champions, who represented Long Island in the Junior Division, were the following Stimson Middle School students: Dillon Feinman won first place for his Website titled “Levittown.”  Derek Lap won second place for his documentary titled “The Freedom Rides: A Revolution for Social Justice.” Steven Prestia, Stimson’s up-and-coming comedian, earned a second-place award for performance with his routine titled “Revolution In Comedy.” And Joe Weindling took home a third-place win in the Exhibit category with his entry titled “Adding Color to the World of Sports.” 


Students were able to choose any topic related to local, regional, national, or world history, as long as their research and conclusions clearly relate to the theme. This year’s theme is “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.”  Dillon, Derek, and Steven are now eligible to attend the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park to be held June 10-14. This is where the best National History Day projects from across the United States, American Samoa, Guam, International Schools, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe all meet and compete. Joe will serve as an alternate and be invited to compete if either of the two winners in his category are unable to attend.  “These boys should be extremely proud of this accomplishment” said Mr. Thomas. “Not only did they move on to be nationally recognized, but they won more awards at the State level than any other Long Island School. Way To Go Gentleman."


Congratulations on embarking on your National History Day journey! All four of you make Stimson and South Huntington proud.




Photo: New York State History Day Champions left to right back row: Derek Lap, teacher Mr. Brian Thomas, and Joe Weindling. Front row l-r: Steven Prestia and Dillon Feinman.