Tamarac High School students were recently awarded the 2017 State Archives Student Research Award – High School Category, presented by the New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust, for their documentary Perseverance: The Story of Women’s Suffrage in NY State.
The students will be recognized at an awards ceremony and luncheon at the Cultural Education Center in Albany on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Each student will receive a cash award and a certificate. This is the 27th year that the New York State Archives has held the Student Research Award.
The New York State Archives included the following description of their work: in their recent press release: Using records from the Rensselaer County Historical Society, Valley Falls Library and Historical Society, the Emma Willard School, Getty Images, The New York Times, League of Women Voters, Auburn University Libraries, Nation of Change, CNN, Al Jazeera Media Network, Yates County History Center, The Harvard Art Museums, Women’s Voices for Change, and the Library of Congress, and interviews with the Rensselaer County Historian and Town of Schaghticoke Historian, thirteen students from Tamarac High School created a documentary on the women’s suffrage movement. Using photographs, maps, newspaper articles, postcards, and political cartoons, the students explored the movements for and against women’s suffrage in Rensselaer County, NY. They researched women’s rights activists Emma Willard, Russell and Margaret Sage, and the women of the Valley Falls Political Equality Club. The judges commended the group for their use of historical records to tell their story, for their examination of past and present work for women’s rights, and for researching a national topic from a local perspective.
Congratulations to Sara Kuken, Ryan Hayden, Nate LaPlante, Elizabeth Machnick, Kaylan Comache, KC Champagne, Lillah Jacobson-Schultz, Sophia Baldwin, Anthony Styles, Lexis Carista, Shannon Walsh, Hunter Yeardsley, Renna Poulin, Tamarac High School, Brunswick Central School District, Teacher: Michelle Furlong, Steve Pomposello, and Mark Spitzer