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Sophomores bring home the gold at History Day

Hannah Foley

Members of the Class of 2016 made their own history yesterday at History Day in Connecticut, where they placed first in six of their eight categories.

The students, who participated through their US History Honors classes, submitted projects ranging from papers and exhibits to documentaries and websites. A full list of winners is provided below.

Sarah Benjamin ’16 and Jillian Kleiner ’16 won first place for their website “Father Panik Village and the Federal Housing Act.

“In history class, we watched a movie about Pruitt Igoe, a public housing facility that was demolished in St. Louis,” Kleiner said. “After watching the movie, we were interested in finding another public housing facility in Bridgeport, CT. That facility was called Yellow Mill Village.”

“We chose it because it wasn’t well known,” said Benjamin. “And we were curious as to how the projects affected people in Bridgeport and why it collapsed.”

Kleiner and Benjamin, who said the project took about a month to complete, were thrilled to learn they would be moving onto the state competition.

“It was really exciting to win because we got to see all our hard work and effort pay off,” Benjamin said.

Rebecca Oestreicher ’16 and Kyle Ratner ’16 saw their endeavors succeed when they received first place medals for their video The Revolving Industry.

Ratner said he and Oestreicher chose to focus on the gun industry because it went well with the theme of the competition — rights and responsibilities.

“It felt really good to win that reward,” he said. “I really was not expecting to get first place.”

With one medal to their names, these sophomores will compete again on April 26 at Central Connecticut State University with the hopes of moving onto the national level.


Contest Results:

Individual Museum Exhibit

1st place: Arjun Dhindsa

Group Museum Exhibit

1st place: Maddy Fodor and Angela Yu

2nd place: George Menz, Jackson Daines, Raymond Chien, Simon Ginsberg

3rd place: Anna Eichorn, Susan Zec, Doug Raigosa

Individual Documentary

1st place: Nicolas Ribolla

2nd place: Aaron Samuels

Group Documentary

1st place: Rebecca Oestreicher, Kyle Ratner

2nd place: Katherine Hertan, Ruth Kissel, Emma Finn, Talia Hendel

3rd place: Eliana Aronson, Jennifer Martin

Individual Website

1st place: Madison Jarvis

2nd place: Jon Dedomenico

3rd place: Ben Goldstein

Group Website

1st place: Jillian Kleiner, Sarah Benjamin

2nd place: Jane Schutte, Miranda Saunders

3rd place: Emma Lederer, Alex Suppan


3rd place: Georgia Fox

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Hannah Foley
Hannah Foley, Editor-in-Chief

Hannah Foley ’14 has many talents, but when combined together, she is unstoppable. As a major contributor to Inklings newspaper as Editor-in-Chief, WWPT radio, Staples’ award winning radio show, and Good Morning Staples, she is truly a triple threat. Each alone are impressive enough, but Foley is able to manage them all together.

It all started with journalism as a freshman, when her class joined forces with the television production class. She immediately began hosting at Good Morning Staples, where she can still be seen to this day. She later found herself as a part of the news department for WWPT, and the rest is history.

Foley has continued to impress, winning a John Drury Radio Award for second in the nation for a feature news story she wrote and read on WWPT.

Although each is unique, Foley feels that her participation in the individual organizations benefits the others. “Since they all have a base in journalism, they all require that you master different skills and those skills can be applied across the board,” explains Foley.

One of Foley’s proudest articles written for Inklings is a column  about her experience living in Brooklyn during the 9/11 attack.

But the thing that introduced it all to her still holds a special place in her heart.

“I love layout, I love eating food at layout, and I love the moments that happen at layout,” Foley says. “When I look back at high school, I’m not going to remember that test I took. I’m going to remember sitting at the table with my staff eating Roly Poly’s, laughing while Ms. McNamee and Mr. Rexford make jokes.”

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