The New-York Historical Society has announced the winners of its recent scholarship contest, which invited high school students to submit original essays, videos or photographs on the theme of breaking barriers in sports and making history.
The contest was held in conjunction with New-York Historical’s exhibition on pioneering African American basketball players—The Black Fives—on view now through July 20, 2014.
“The entries we received in this scholarship contest demonstrate how vital history education and extracurricular activities are to the development of New York’s students,” said Dr. Sharon Dunn, the New-York Historical Society’s Vice President for Education. “We congratulate these winners for being astutely aware that history is not merely a collection of old dates and basketball is not merely a game, but tools to be used to better their present and future communities.”
In addition to Dr. Dunn, a panel of distinguished outside judges— former New York Knicks player John Starks, New York 1 host Budd Mishkin, basketball historian Ari Sclar, and radio host Bobbito Garcia –reviewed one hundred essay, photograph and video submissions to select winners and runners-up in each category:
First Place: Moises Carlot of the Bronx (Bronx Collegiate Academy), who came to embrace the sport after emigrating with his family from the Dominican Republic, on the role basketball played in encouraging him to stay in school and find direction.
Second Place: Khalil Davis of Harlem (Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy High School), on his lifelong love of basketball and how the sport “kept [him] off the streets so [he] would have a future.”
Third Place: Tiffany Ori of Elmhurst (Stuyvesant High School), on the role of basketball in bringing the diverse communities of New York City together.
First place: Douglas Kosann of Harrison, NY (Rye Country Day School), with a black-and-white photograph representing the boundaries and obstacles players endured under segregation.
Second place: Joel Choi of Flushing (Stuyvesant High School), with a photograph of his basketball team, conveying the sport’s universal appeal across all ethnicities, backgrounds and personal circumstances.
Third place: Matthew Okerayi of Flushing (Bayside High School), whose photo conveyed how participation in basketball provides opportunity, instills community, and allows talent to shine without regard to race.
First Place: Michael Shalom of Brooklyn (Yeshiva of Flatbush), on groundbreaking moments in sports as stepping stones to overcome social barriers.
Second Place: Hailee Carayol of Westchester (Sleepy Hollow High School), on the history of The Black Fives and the positive contributions of basketball to New York.
The first place winner in each category will each receive a grand prize $1,000 college scholarship. Second place and third place winners will receive $250 and $100 gift cards to the New-York Historical Society Museum Store to stock up on history books and other educational materials.
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