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A North Country Student Recently Placed First at New York State History Day


A North Country student, sophomore Cole Siebels from Gouverneur High School in Gouverneur, NY, recently placed first at New York State History Day, earning the opportunity to represent New York State at the National History Day competition in June. Siebels competed in the Senior Individual Documentary category with his documentary “The Harlem Hellfighters: Breaking Barriers in the Trenches.”New York State History Day Winner

“Cole has participated in North Country History Day hosted at Fort Ticonderoga since middle school and in 2019 was the first recipient of the Beaty Family Scholarship,” said Richard Strum, Fort Ticonderoga Director of Academic Programs and North Country History Day Coordinator. “This Scholarship provided Cole the opportunity to attend The National History Academy, a 5-week summer program where participants actively explore the history of the United States from the Colonial Era through the Civil Rights Movement.”

Fort Ticonderoga organizes North Country History Day, serving students in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, and Warren counties in New York State. The 2021 North Country History Day Regional Contest takes place on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Fort Ticonderoga. The theme for the 2020-2021 school year is “Communications in History.”

Students wishing to compete in North Country History Day in 2021 must register by February 12, 2021. Students must attend school in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, or Warren counties or, if homeschooled, must reside in one of those six counties. Students and teachers interested in participating in North Country History Day should visit

About Fort Ticonderoga:
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.