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Friday, August 1, 2014
Woodmere Middle School students major in history
Donovan Berthoud/Herald
History Fair advisor Kathleen Durney judged the Life is Not Just Black and White project of Ryan Young, center, and Daniel Hilosberg.

Overall 46 students, including 12 individuals and 11 groups, were named the winners of the annual Woodmere Middle School History Fair on Jan. 29. Judging continued until Jan. 31.
Those students now compete at the Long Island History Fair at Hofstra University on March 10. Long Island winners advance to the state history fair in Cooperstown in April. State winners move on to the national fair at the University of Maryland in June.
Woodmere Middle School students have competed at the national level four out of the past five years. Last year, the students finished in first or second place in every category at the Long Island competition, and two groups of students and 10 individual participants advanced to the nationals.
“We are one of the top schools in the state!,” said Social Studies teacher Vinnie Lospinuso, who serves as the middle school’s history fair advisor. “We give certificates to all of the winners at our Social Studies breakfast in the spring.”
Students receive medals at the other levels and are eligible for scholarships at the national competition, which is sponsored by the History Channel.
This year’s middle school fair had 361 sixth-, seventh- and eight-grade students take part and there were 174 projects. The categories are Historical Paper, Performance, Website, Documentary and Exhibit. All categories can be done as individual or group projects (up to five students).
Lospinuso presents information about the projects to the students, gives them a contest rule book and shows them examples of past projects. He and Social Studies teacher Kathleen Durney oversee the fair. Participation is voluntary. Durney also registers students for the Long Island fair.

2013 WMS History Fair Winners

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