Research Opportunities and Competitions

  • National History Day

    Students enrolled in the Research in the Social Sciences course during the fall semester have the opportunity to take part in the National History Day Regional Competition at Hofstra University in March. Through their participation in the contest, students will experience important benefits beyond learning about interesting issues, ideas, people, and events of their choosing. Students will hone their expressive abilities as they demonstrate command of their topic and present their work in one of the competition’s formats: paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, or website. At the local and affiliate competitions, students have the opportunity to meet students from other schools, exchange ideas, and demonstrate the results of their work. 

    Since NHD was first introduced to Oyster Bay High School in 2017, there have been two students who have advanced to the state competition in Cooperstown, New York and three students who received special awards for their projects. 

    Regional Award Winners (Advanced to State)

    2020 - Joycelin Wong: "Yuri Kochiyama: Breaking Barriers to Building Bridges"

    2018 - Shania Kuo: "Mao's Decision to Intervene In Korea" (1st Place)

    Awards at NHD Regional Competition

    2019 - Mary Vera: "The Triumphs of Amelia Earhart" (The Aviation Award)

    2018 - Julia Sherbal: "Stonewall and Gay Rights" (Conservation, Preservation, Restoration, or Entry Tied to a Historic Site Award)

    2018 - Shania Kuo: "Mao's Decision to Intervene In Korea" (Excellence in Asian Studies Award)


    TR Public Speaking Competition

    Every spring, students at Oyster Bay High School have the opportunity to take part in the Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest. In 2020, Oyster Bay had its first semi-finalist (Caleigh O'Toole). The competition asks students to give a speech on a specific topic about Theodore Roosevelt. Students are scored based on a rubric and the speech must be memorized.