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History Day 2018
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History Day 2018

Nearly 100 Kennedy Junior High students qualified to participate in the Region 4 History Day competition at Youngstown State University on April 7th. The 2018 theme is Conflict and Compromise. Kennedy had an exceptional showing, competing against schools from five counties. The Eagles qualified the most students to the state competition in a single year for the 2nd year in a row with 47 students qualifying, beating last years number of state qualifiers. Kennedy will have more entries in the junior division at the state competition than any other school in the state of Ohio.  The following students and their projects received accolades:

Mahoning Valley Historical Society- Best Local Projects (Junior Division)

Best Local Group Exhibit: Ambrose Hoso, Sam Meola, Aidan Rossi, and Dante DiPaolo- “Striking For Rights: 1936 Ohio Rubber Factory Strike”

Best Local Individual Exhibit: Katie Ruggieri- “The Struggle for Fair Working Conditions: The Little Steel Strike of 1937”

The following eighteen projects have advanced to represent Kennedy, and our five-county region, at the Ohio State History Day competition to be held on April 21st at Ohio Wesleyan University:

Individual Website:

1st Place: Isabella Shevetz- “The Clean Air Acts of 1970: Environment or Economy”

3rd Place: Leah Bajnok- “Slavery And The Sugar Islands: Conflict on The Caribbean”

Group Website:

1st Place: Barron Bloom, Dylan Lewis, Matthew Seikel, and Ben Klaus - “Segregation in Schools, a Civil Rights Movement”

2nd Place: Sam Bolino, Mark Naddour, Sarosh Sheth, Anthony Macali, and Matthew Powell- “Partition of India: How a Country Split in Two”

3rd Place: Patrick Valent, Alex DeSalvo, Eddie Kiernan, and Sammi Hindi- “America's War on Drugs: Our Foremost Enemy”

Individual Historical Research Paper:

3rd Place: Jacob Conde- “Salem Witch Trials: Who were the real victims?”

Group Documentary:

1st Place: Genesis Daniels, Emily Klaus, and Jordan Watson- “Uncovering the Vietnam War”

2nd Place: Emma Gorby, Alex Litton, Kaycie Martinko, and Grace Fee- “Rosa Parks and the Fight for Freedom”

3rd Place: Michael Mauro and Will Toth- “Templar Knights”

Individual Exhibit:

1st Place: Nicholas Bianco- “The Revolution of 1800”

3rd Place: T.J. Harden- “Galileo: From Convicted Heretic to Father Of Astronomy”

Honorable Mention: Isabella Soplata- “Japanese Internment ”

Honorable Mention: David Smith- “Die Berliner Mauer ”

Honorable Mention: Peter Kiniklis- “Kent State Shooting Protesters’ Mistake ”

Honorable Mention: John Dragos- “John F. Kennedy Assassination”

Group Exhibit:

1st Place: Karla Constantine and Lisa Casey- “Courageous College Coeds Clear the Course”

2nd Place: Morgan Reiger, Deonna Ellis, Shae Westfall, and Cassandra Binion- “Born a Slave, Died a Legend: Sojourner Truth”

3rd Place: Abby Williams, Aubree Yocum, and Sarina Massacci- “The Pullman Strike: The Revenge of the ARU”

Honorable Mention: Ambrose Hoso, Sam Meola, Aidan Rossi, and Dante DiPaolo- “Striking For Rights: 1936 Ohio Rubber Factory Strike”

Honorable Mention: Roberto Merlo, Thomas Valent, and Romero Nannicola- “Youngstown Steel Mills”

Questions? Please contact History Day Advisor, Anthony Catale at