Social Studies Awards and Grants
The 2015 Louis E. Yavner Awards for promotion of understanding of the Holocaust and human rights issues were presented at the May Board of Regents meeting. Matthew Rozell from Hudson Falls High School is the recipient of the Teacher Award. Mr. Rozell's students have interviewed local community members who served in World War II and this information has helped to build a World War II Living History Project website. Through these interviews, students learned about members of a tank battalion that rescued prisoners from a Nazi train. Photos of these survivors were posted online and eventually the rescuers were able to meet the survivors of that train. The first of these reunions were hosted at Hudson Falls High School, providing students an opportunity to meet survivors and hear their stories.
Eliazar "Ed" Lessing, a Hidden Child from the Netherlands, is the recipient of the Citizen Award. He spent two and one-half years hiding from the Nazis, using disguises and separated from his family, living in fear of capture. His mother, father and brothers survived and were reunited. Mr. Lessing has spoken to student groups, educators and community groups, sharing his family's story. The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Lower Hudson Valley has included his story in their documentary film, "Testimony of the Human Spirit" and the Holocaust Survivor Legacy Project features his narrative as a prototype for recording oral history.
Students Headed to Washington, D. C. and to Receive $5,000 ScholarshipJanuary 8, 2015, Washington, D.C.
Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 5-12, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Benjamin Sorkin of Staten Island and Liana Van Nostrand of New York were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 54th annual Washington Week.For more information regarding the United States Senate Youth winners for 2016 and the application, go to United States Senate Youth Program.