Jericho Student Wins National Award
Jericho Student Wins National Award
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Michelle Dong, a student at Jericho High School, won $6,000 in the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes' 2019 Discovery Award competition. The competition is designed to have kids come up with creative research projects to learn about and share the stories of positive role models — hence the "Unsung Heroes" title — who played a significant role in history but aren't household names.

Dong’s project, “Caroline Ferriday and the Ravensbruck Lapins,” is a website-based project that reveals the incredible story of philanthropist Caroline Ferriday and was created as part of her National History Day project last year while in eighth grade.

In 1958, Caroline rallied American support to bring a group of Polish survivors from the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp to America for rehabilitation. The Nazis had used these women as test subjects to perform inhumane medical experiments, leaving them crippled and causing them to hop around the camp. The Nazis began referring to the women as “lapins” or rabbits because of this. Caroline’s efforts not only uncovered these tragedies but she also helped to obtain financial compensation for the Lapins from the West German Government.

Norm Conard, the organization's executive director, presented Dong with the $6,000 grand prize during a special assembly at the middle school.

"Michelle told Caroline Ferriday's fascinating story by using in-depth research skills and multi-media resources, then presented it in a very thorough and organized website," said Conard. "Each Discovery Award recipient uncovered an Unsung Hero whose contributions deserve to be recognized. We congratulate these wonderful students and their teachers."

 

 

Pictured (L-R) are Norm Conard, Executive Director of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, Jericho Middle School librarian Valerie Conklin, teacher Christina Becker, student winner Michelle Dong, teacher Konstantine Kovoros, teacher Theresa Cantwell, Middle School Principal Dr. Don Gatley and Curriculum Associate for Social Studies, Business and Libraries Dr. Eric Sundberg.