RCDS senior Kristina (Kiki) Montgomery received the John Jay History Award from the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) in Rye. The award is given to an outstanding JHC volunteer and high school intern who demonstrates a passion for environmental history and a talent for research, writing, and analysis. As the 2021 winner, Kiki will receive a $250 prize and a selection of books from award-winning environmental authors.
As a JHC intern, Kiki transcribes and analyzes primary documents and studies the natural flora at the Jay Estate. She has gathered data about the more than 300 historic trees that have at one time or another been on the property, studying which are extant and which have been lost for various environmental reasons, including disease, storm damage, or invasive species encroachment. Over the summer, she also helped install signs for a QR code self-guided tour of the Jay Estate grounds.
Kevin Peraino, JHC’s Executive Director, is grateful for Kiki’s contributions to the organization. “Kiki has been a longtime volunteer at the Jay Estate. She is such a talented, hard-working young woman, and we are consistently impressed with her promise as a scholar,” he shared.
JHC is a nonprofit educational center located on the site of the boyhood home of Founding Father John Jay The center hosts programs in history, architecture, preservation, social justice, and environmental stewardship.