By Lena Gluck
Recently, The Harbour Voice’s own Co-Editor-in-Chief, Shania Kuo, won the Excellence in Asian Studies Award and won first place for Research Papers in the Senior Division at the Annual Regional History Day Competition.
Shania received these awards as a direct result of her hard work and preparation. “The entire paper was my preparation. It was just nonstop working and hours of constant revisions,” Shania said.
When asked how she decided what to write about, Shania explained, “Deciding was difficult. Initially I wanted to cover the Israeli-Arab conflict, but I wanted something with more of a personal touch to it, so I looked into the Taiwanese Strait Crisis, and I happened to discover a relation to the Korean War.”
After writing her research paper, Shania headed off to Hofstra University for the interview portion of the competition. Although Shania was unable to attend the awards ceremony, she later discovered she won first place for Research Papers in the Senior Division.
Shania also revealed what she learned from the competition. “I could go on and on about what I learned in terms of content. However, I think what I really took out of this situation is how much effort I have to put into something if I want to achieve a goal. I’m used to studying and working hard, but this project definitely taught me how much more I can achieve.”
After reflecting on the entire competition, Shania said, “Looking back I feel very proud of what I accomplished. I never imagined I would win, and I think it’s a testament to what hard work can achieve.”
Shania plans to major in English in college, but she also hopes to minor in history since she “loves learning about what has happened in the past.” On behalf of Oyster Bay High School, and the staff of The Harbour Voice, we would like to congratulate Shania on her well-deserved accomplishment!