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National History Day 2023 Qualifiers

From Bell Labs to The California Gold Rush, The Peck School was a showcase for “Frontiers in History” as sixth-through-eighth-graders showcased their National History Day projects for parents and peers. 

National History Day (NHD) is a non-profit organization that engages more than half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in competition. Supported by the National Endowment for Humanities and other national and global organizations, NHD frames students’ research within a historical theme chosen for broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or the most recent past.

The first round of NHD judging happens at Peck, with Peck’s history department reviewing work according to NHD criteria. Peck’s history department announced that 17 projects were selected to advance to the NJ regional competition which will be held on March 4 at Monmouth University. Selected projects were chosen for their thesis development, thorough research, utilization of primary sources, and evidence of proving historical significance. 

“Peck students created truly incredible exhibits, websites, research papers, documentaries, and performances that transformed The Peck Commons into a beautiful history museum.” says Jason Guss, seventh-grade history teacher, History Department Chair, and one of the coordinators of Peck History Day.

Peck's NHD regional qualifiers are as follows:

Sixth Grade
  • The Black Hand: Frontiers in Organized Crime by Jonah Braun
  • Bell Labs: On the Frontier of Video Conferencing by Bennett Schwartz
  • The Black Sox Scandal: The New Frontier of Sports Gambling by Avery Dewey and Logan Lan

Seventh Grade
  • The Berlin Airlift: The Many Frontiers it Broke by Hadley Baker, Aanya Bhat, and Isabella Ceballos
  • The Discovery of King Tut’s Tomb by Gwyneth Buckley, Lucy Mallgrave, and Victoria Silva
  • 1922 Creation of the Soviet Union: Signing in Moscow by John Aiello, Andrew Bartoli, and Lucian Thomases
  • The Tiananmen Square Protests and Massacre: A Frontier in Peaceful Protesting by Heidi Lüer
  • The Korean Demilitarized Zone: Formation of a Frontier by Ginger Malloy
  • The First Man in Space: Yuri Gagarin and the Flight of Vostok I by Jane Pagano
  • The End of World War II: Frontier of the Atomic Bombs by Sailee Shah

Eighth Grade
  • The Manhattan Project: The Creation of a New Frontier in Warfare by Ethan Anchia, Will Vieser, and Dean Zarro
  • The Haitian Revolution by Preston Devieux
  • The Invention of the Telephone by Carter Baker, Sebastian Dibre, and Arjun Hoshing
  • The Tuskegee Airmen: How Their Actions Let the U.S. into a Frontier of More Equality by Owen Kirchner
  • The Space Race: The Moon Landing by Sylvie Kurtzman, Maggie Rogers, and Sara Segal
  • The Viet Cong War Tactics by Sebastian Eaton, Bowen Honeker, and Matías Stevenson
  • The California Gold Rush: Fortune Found in a Frontier by Annabelle Ouzounian



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