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20 Student Projects Received Awards at Regional Competition 

PATERSON, New Jersey, April 13, 2011 – Paterson Public Schools’ students recently received awards for over 20 history projects at The Northern Regional National History Day competition at Seton Hall University on April 2nd.  The students will now compete in the New Jersey State Competition on May 7th at William Paterson University. 

This year’s theme is Debate and Diplomacy:  Successes, Failures and Consequences. Students, teachers, and administrators from John F. Kennedy High School, PANTHER, PPTA, Eastside High School, PS #7, Rosa Parks High School, and International High School competed in this rigorous academic competition which revolves around various opportunities for project based learning.  Students prepared annotated bibliographies, interviewed experts on their topic, and constructed exhibits, websites, documentaries and performances which reflected the depth of their research and demonstrated analytical skills and understanding.

Last school year, Paterson was selected to participate in a study to collect data to measure the impact that National History Day had on student achievement. “Our students’ research has proven that students who participate in National History Day achieve better grades, perform better on standardized tests, have better attendance, and are better prepared for college,” said State District Superintendent, Dr. Donnie Evans.  “For the past two decades, Paterson has secured its reputation as a district that performs exceptionally well at National History Day competitions. To have 20 projects recognized this year is an outstanding achievement and we look forward to the State competition.”

The winners of the State competition are eligible to attend the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park in June. At this event, projects from across the United States, American Samoa, Guam, International Schools and Department of Defense Schools in Europe all meet and compete.  For more information, visit

Paterson Public Schools, the third largest school district in New Jersey, is in its second year of a five-year District Strategic Plan.  The school district’s plan focuses on four priorities including Effective Academic Programs. 


For more information, contact:
Terry Corallo,