JPPSS Students to Represent Louisiana as National History Day Finalists

HARVEY—(April 30, 2014)—Students from the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) have been selected as finalists for the 2014 National History Day contest by placing first or second in the Louisiana State History Day Contest, recently held at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

The theme of this year’s competition was “Rights and Responsibilities in History,” and students had the option to create an exhibit, a paper, a performance, a website or a documentary. After reviewing the projects, judges spoke with the students about their research process.

The top two entrants in each category were selected to represent Louisiana at the National History Day Contest to be held at the University of Maryland from June 15-19, 2014. In total, JPPSS will send nine projects to the national competition, with students from Adams Middle School, Bonnabel High School, Helen Cox High School, and Meisler Middle School taking first place in four categories and second place in five categories.

“The number of National History Day finalists from Jefferson Parish is at an all time high this year, with nine projects being selected to represent Louisiana at the national competition,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “National History Day is a wonderful program that has had great impact on our students, and it is really exciting that so many of our students’ work will be showcased nationally in June.”

The following is a complete list of JPPSS National History Day finalists:

Hadeel Kasji 2nd place exhibitJunior Individual Exhibit
2nd Place
Hadeel Kasji
Seeds of Peace

John Quincy Adams Middle School


Hasham Warrich 2nd place Paper

Junior Individual Paper
2nd Place
Hasham Warrich
The Rights of Jewish People: Pre and Post Nazi Era

Meisler Middle School


Nohemi Lugo, Pamela Caseres 1st place websiteJunior Group Web Site
1st Place
Nohemi Lainez, Pamela Caceras
The Desegregation of the Jefferson Parish School System

John Quincy Adams Middle School


Briyana Vega, Fernando Pavon, 2nd place website2nd Place
Briyana Vega-Percorina, Fernando Pavon, Ashely Caseres
The First Ladies

John Quincy Adams Middle School


Jr. Group Documentary 1st placeJunior Group Documentary
1st Place
Sebina Hajarevic, Admir Hajarevic, Selma Omerbasic, Mahmut Alagic, Demir Hajarevic
Human Rights Violations in the Bosnian War

John Quincy Adams Middle School


Junior group performance 2nd placeJunior Group Performance
2nd Place
Raneen Badr, Helen Kim, Micaela Bazile, Tiffany Cheng, Jasmine LeCesne
Child Labor Conference

Meisler Middle School


Minahil KhanSenior Individual Web Site
1st Place
Minahil Khan
Life Behind the Veil: Muslim Women in Pakistan

Alfred Bonnabel High School


Senior group documentarySenior Group Documentary
2nd Place
Jack Ha, Christina Hoang, Markzavion Taylor, Diep Vo
Cotton Fire: The Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy

Helen Cox High School


Senior group performanceSenior Group Performance
1st Place
Hoang Nguyen, Cham Phan
Love for HOMOsapiens: The Rights of the LGBT Community

Helen Cox High School


Special Awards

Kevian MaddisonNational History Award
Kevian Madison
I’m in the Army Now: Women’s Rights and Responsibilities in the Military

Helen Cox High School



Patricia Behring NHD Teacher Ambassadors

LaToya Bailey
Helen Cox High School

Esther Perez-Zemmels
John Quincy Adams Middle School

The National World War II Museum provides each student finalist with $450 to help cover the cost of attending the national competition, and students must cover the remainder of the cost out of pocket. Schools will be holding various fundraisers to help raise the money in the next few weeks. For more information, please contact the school directly.