On March 6th, four student competitors revealed their National History Day projects to a group of volunteer professionals who agreed to review and critique them with the purpose of preparing the youth for the tough questions they will face at the actual regional competition in two weeks.
Albany County DCYF’s Teresa Fitzpatrick joined New York SED’s Amy McHugh and Tom Hogan (retired), and LaSalle Trustees Kelly Kimbrough and Carmen Perez-Hogan to give the students their thought-provoking and honest impressions of each individual project. Youth came away from the activity with useful suggestions to take into consideration as they finalize and polish their displays for the regional competition at the New York State Museum in Albany on March 21st.
The theme of this year’s National History Day is ‘Leadership and Legacy in History.’ The LaSalle contestants are focusing their projects on contemporaries and historians including Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Thirty-Fourth President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower, Albert Speer, minister of armaments and war production for the Nazi Party during World War II, and Prince Henry the Navigator, the royal patron of explorers.
LaSalle’s success at the regional level will mean a trip to the state competition in Cooperstown, New York in April. A win there advances competitors to the national contest in Maryland where the final winners will be selected.
LaSalle School is a leader in programs and services for youth and families in crisis offering a variety of programs designed to meet their needs including specialized residential placement, day service education, and alternative to detention services. The offices of The Counseling Center at LaSalle – an outpatient mental health clinic – are located at LaSalle School.