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Five Pelham Students Win National History Awards

PELHAM, N.Y. – Five Pelham Memorial High School and Middle School students were first and second place winners at the New York State National History Day Competition and will now compete at the national level, according to a press release from Angela Cox,  public information officer for the Pelham schools.

The winners, who are the first from Pelham to make it to the national level of the competition, the release said, were Pelham Memorial senior Steven Wessman and Pelham Middle School eighth-graders Alex Deland, Poele Dieng, Rhea Dedhia, and Sinead Joyce-Farley.

Wessman won first palce in the senior historical papers category for his research paper  “Reflections on the French Revolution: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine and the Rights of Man.”

Dieng, Dedhia, and Joyce-Farley won first place for their original group live performance  “Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Deserve Respect and They Want Rights on Title IX and the Equal Rights Amendment.”

Deland received a second place Award for Excellence in a Maritime project (Junior Division) from the National Maritime Historical Society.

The next step, the National History Day Competition, takes place at the University of Maryland at College Park June 10 – 14. The five students will compete against students from across the country, according to the press release.

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