Locust Valley Middle School seventh-grader Paige Gugerty is the winner of the 2009 State Archives Student Research Award competition. The competition is sponsored by The State Education Department. Seventh-grader Sarah Miller received Honorable Mention in the competition, also an outstanding achievement.

Paige’s entry on the significance of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Office Building impressed the judges with its details and relevance to New York as Theodore Roosevelt is a native son of the state. The research project, which culminated in a Power Point Presentation, included interviews with high ranking government officials such as Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and Nassau County Commissioner of Public Works Ray Ribeiro.
 
Both girls submitted their entries with the assistance of their teacher, Barbara LaBella. Sarah’s entry was on The Waterfront Center. She will receive a Certificate of Merit from the State Education Department.
 
Paige is invited to attend a luncheon with her teacher and family at the Cultural Education Center in Albany. She will be awarded a cash prize and certificate at the luncheon.