Tennessee Students Excel at National History Day

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Group of students representing Tennessee at National History Day 2018

Twelve Tennessee students took top honors at the 2018 National History Day competition. In total, 58 middle and high school students represented Tennessee in the contest, which allows students to showcase their creativity and research skills by developing projects with historical themes.

The theme of this year's contest was “Conflict and Compromise in History.” The students were able to compete at National History Day by winning medals at the state contest, Tennessee History Day, which is organized by the Tennessee Historical Society and co-sponsored by the Tennessee Secretary of State's office and Humanities Tennessee.

The honorees from Tennessee are:

First place, Senior Individual Paper (National History Academy)

  • Muadth Malley
  • The Lebanese Civil War and the Taif Accord: Conflict and Compromise Engendered by Institutionalized Sectarianism
  • Pleasant View School, Memphis
  • Teacher: Andre Clarke

First place, Junior Group Performance

  • Luke Hutchinson, Liam Garris, Ian Boghani
  • I Will Survive: The Conflicts and Compromises of the Native American Boarding Schools
  • Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville
  • Teacher: Liz Shugart

Third place, Junior Group Performance

  • Riley Whitecotton, Emerson Kidd-Benthall, Tara Shealy
  • Sendler's List: The Unspeakable Conflict and Ultimate Compromise of Irena Sendler
  • Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville
  • Teacher: Nicole Whitecotton

Fourth place, Junior Individual Documentary (Outstanding State Entry, Junior Division)

  • Shelby McNeal
  • The Walker Sisters: Conflict and Compromise in the Smoky Mountains
  • Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville
  • Teacher: Nicole Whitecotton

Fifth place, Senior Group Documentary (Outstanding State Entry, Senior Division)

  • John David Cobb, Tate Greene
  • Last Days in the Mountains: Conflict, Compromise and the End of a Smoky Mountain Community
  • Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville
  • Teacher: Liz Shugart

Fifth place, Senior Group Exhibit

  • Ashlynn Malone, Haley Hurst
  • Compromise to Avoid Conflict: The Civil Rights Movement in Knoxville
  • Sevier County High School, Sevierville
  • Teacher: Rebecca Byrd

“I'm proud of our students for representing Tennessee so well,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “By taking home honors in this national competition, our students demonstrated their expert knowledge in their chosen topics, and I have no doubt they will carry this experience with them for years to come.”

“Our outstanding performance this year is a direct result of the many hours of hard work the students invested in their research,” said Tennessee History Day coordinator Jennifer C. Core. “Our students continued to work on their entries even after school ended for the semester, and their efforts were rewarded.”

Each fall, students and teachers nationwide begin work on the yearlong curriculum, which starts with competitions held in individual schools. The winners there advance to district, state and eventually the national competition. Nationwide, the History Day program includes more than a half million students annually from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa and Department of Defense Schools. The program engages 9,500 students across the state of Tennessee.

For more information about National History Day or Tennessee History Day, please visit tennesseehistory.org/tennessee-history-day