On Wednesday, February 8, the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach held its sixth annual History Day Fair as part of the larger National History Day Competition. Each year, over half a million students participate in the National History Day competition. The projects examine an event in history and how it relates to a national theme.

For the past five months, under the guidance of their social studies teacher Ms. Kristen Waterman, HALB eighth grade students researched various events in history related to this year’s National History Day theme, Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas. Students investigated time periods as far back as the 1840s and as recent as the 1990s.

The students investigated how people, places, and ideas developed over time to change the world we live in. They were able to present their information as a documentary, website, or exhibit. Each project type allowed students to use real-world skills to present their research in a fun and exciting way. The top three groups in each category will move on to compete in Long Island History Day at Hofstra University on Sunday, March 26.

Congratulations to the winners:

Winning Documentary – William Levitt: The American Dream on the Suburban Frontier (Moshe Broder, Rafi Croog, Yoni Epstein, Eitan Summers, Jacob Torczyner)

Winning Website – Coming Together to End Time Apart: The Soweto Uprising, Pioneering Change in South Africa (Mia Dershowitz, Julie Kadish, Rosie Kohn, Michal Mittan, Shira Zidele)

Winning exhibit – Elvis: Rockin’ the Civil Rights Frontier (Gabby Drachman, Ava Gutman, Aliza Rapps, Zehava Weinstein, Layla Wexler)