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12/06/12 Farnsworth Middle School Student Wins State Archives Award

Albany, NY -- The New York State Archives and Archives Partnership Trust have selected Sarah Jones from Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland Central School District, as the recipient of the 2012 Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 6-8, for her entry “Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

A certificate and cash gift was presented to Sarah at a luncheon ceremony at the Cultural Education Center in Albany, held recently. Her teacher, Deborah Escobar, was also recognized at the luncheon.

Using historical records from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the United Nations, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers from George Washington University, Sarah developed a website about Eleanor Roosevelt's role in the creation of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sarah’s project presented and examined the events that led to the creation of the declaration, including: Mrs. Roosevelt's own life experiences; the tragedies from the Holocaust in World War II; and the role of the Cold War. Sarah was able to show how the different cultures, values and beliefs of the commission members impacted the development of the declaration. The judges were very impressed with her use of historical records to enhance her arguments and her ability to incorporate essential information to make a thoughtful and well designed project. This is Sarah's second year in a row winning this award.

The Student Research Awards are named for Regent Emerita Laura Chodos and her late husband, Dr. Robert Chodos, who created an endowment to encourage students to explore the incredible wealth of historical records in New York State. The awards are presented annually to a student, or group of students, in New York State who have made outstanding use of historical records in their research. They recognize student work for demonstrating excellence based on specific criteria: using a variety of historical records, drawing on information from those records, and interpreting and integrating that information with creativity and imagination.

“We are very pleased to recognize the winning students and their teachers of Mamaroneck Union Free School District, Guilderland Central School District, and Great Neck Union Free School District for their outstanding projects which earned them top honors in the New York State Archives’ annual student research award contest,” said State Archivist Christine Ward. “Each year, we invite students and educators from throughout the state to conceive projects which utilize primary source documents to explore New York’s glorious past. From hundreds of submissions, we select the very finest. It is our hope that the enjoyment that these young people and their mentors derived in putting together these award winning efforts will make history relevant for them in the near future and throughout their academic careers.”

The annual Archives Awards program recognizes outstanding efforts in archives and records management work in New York State by a broad range of individuals and organizations. A complete list of this year’s award recipients follows:

Excellence in State Agency Records Management
NYS Office of General Services

Cheryl Steinbach Award for Excellence in Local Government Records Management
Town of Somers (Westchester County)

William H. Kelly Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development
Livingston County

Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository
Zadock Pratt Museum, Prattsville (Greene County)

Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives
Dr. Tom Arne Midtrod, University of Iowa

William Hoyt Advocacy Award
Carl Hayden, former Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees
Dr. Kenneth P. O’Brien, Associate Professor of History at the College at Brockport
and President of the SUNY Faculty Senate

Bruce W. Dearstyne Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records
Amber Quinn, Shenendehowa High School, Shenendehowa Central School District (Saratoga County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 9-12
Jonah Mittler, Samuel Sommer and Max Summers, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck Union Free School District, Teacher: Frances Tria (Nassau County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 6-8
Sarah Jones, Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland Central School District,
Teacher: Deborah Escobar (Albany County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 4-5
Millie Bohn, Murray Avenue School, Mamaroneck Union Free School District,
Teacher: Pamela Tanenbaum (Westchester County)