The John Jay History Award is given annually to an outstanding high school intern at the Jay Heritage Center at the Jay Estate who has shown a passion for history and a talent for research, writing, and analysis. Interns at JHC work with primary documents like diaries, scrapbooks, and newspaper archives to produce original scholarly papers and blog posts on topics related to the Jay family, early American history, or Westchester County history. The winner receives a prize of $250 and a selection of books from past award-winning historians who have addressed audiences at the Jay Estate as well as a volume of Columbia University’s Selected Papers of John Jay.
The winner of the inaugural John Jay History Award is Jack Engel, a junior at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York. Jack spent the summers after his freshman and sophomore years as an intern at the Jay Heritage Center and has consistently impressed us with his drive, professionalism, analytical prowess, writing skill, and hard work. During his summers at JHC, Jack has produced articles about everything from the California Gold Rush to the Victorian London that Jay descendant Banyer Clarkson discovered on his travels.
In his free time, Jack enjoys competitive swimming at Storm Aquatics in Mount Kisco, listening to music, and hanging out with his dog, Quincy. Jack will be joining us again this summer in advance of his senior year, and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes—at JHC and beyond.
Read one of Jack’s entries based on research he did at JHC about first person accounts of the cholera epidemic in Germany here at our volunteer blog.