FM junior Peilin Lu takes second place in NYS History Day competition


Kristin Jeanneret

Peilin Lu’s project on Anna May Wong took second place at the state level.

FM junior Peilin Lu won second place in the Senior Exhibit category at the New York State National History Day competition. As a result, she has qualified for the national competition, which will take place virtually in June.

National History Day is a series of competitions judging independent research projects completed by students from across the country. This year the central theme was “Communication: The Key to Understanding.”  Three teams submitted projects in March. Miranda Zheng, Jennifer Dong, Elena Coman, and Ziye Wang worked together to create a documentary entitled “The Call of Music: Musicians, Music, Communication, and the War.”  Maddy Krueger and Meg Lorraine created a documentary called “Bolshevik Communication and the Downfall of the Romanov Dynasty.”  Peilin Lu submitted an exhibit  entitled “Anna May Wong: Reshaping Asian-American Representation through Communication.”  All three teams had previously advanced to the state level of competition.

The New York State competition results were released this past Friday. Only the top two projects in each category (documentary, paper, website, live performance, and exhibit) advance to the national competition. In a normal year, finalists meet on the campus of the University of Maryland for a weeklong celebration culminating in the announcement of the year’s national level winners.