Tennessee History Scholars Advance To National Competition

Monday, April 10, 2017

Seventy-three students qualified to represent Tennessee at National History Day later this summer. Those students placed first or second in their categories at Tennessee History Day held in Nashville on Saturday. History Day is a competition in which high school and middle school students compete by submitting projects about people and events of historical significance. 

Participants enter projects in one of five categories: documentaries, exhibits, performances, websites, and papers. While projects must relate to the annual theme, students were encouraged to be creative when choosing their topics. This year’s theme was “Taking a Stand.” One hundred and seven students received medals for their efforts, 20 students were awarded special prizes and two educators were recognized as teachers of the year Saturday. 

National History Day will be held June 11 through June 15 on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md.

“I am certain that the students who are advancing to the competition in Maryland will represent Tennessee well,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “I hope all of Saturday’s participants gained a lot from the experience. Studies have shown that students who participate in History Day learn skills that can benefit them during their academic careers and even later in life after they enter the workforce. Also, History Day participants tend to be more involved in civic activities after they reach adulthood.” 

“I am proud of all our students,” added Tennessee History Day Coordinator Jennifer C. Core. “I'm impressed by how they turn themselves into experts on their selected topics and how they incorporate constructive feedback into each revision of their projects. They are learning how to examine sources critically and how to present their findings to a sophisticated audience.” 

The judges at Saturday’s competition – including university professors, graduate students, high school teachers, librarians, archivists, and other public historians – picked the winners from 154 submitted projects. The Tennessee Historical Society coordinates Tennessee History Day with the support of the Tennessee Department of State, Humanities Tennessee, First Tennessee Foundation, the Memorial Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. 

Since 1974, History Day has grown from a small local competition in Cleveland, Oh. with about 100 students, into an event that attracts about a half million students nationwide each year. For more information about the program in Tennessee, visit the National History Day website or contact Jennifer Core at 615-741-8934 or via e-mail at historyday@tennesseehistory.org. 

The medal winners from Saturday’s Tennessee History Day competition are:

JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY

1st 
Dissidents of Rebellion: The Hidden Stand and Sacrifice of the East Tennessee Bridge Burners 
Tate Greene 
Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville 
Teacher: Nicole Whitecotton

2nd 
Branch Rickey 
Caden Varner 
Grace Christian Academy, Franklin 
Teacher: Bruce Anliker

3rd 
Taking a Stand With Art: How the Harlem Renaissance Affected the Civil Rights Movement 
Olivia Larsen 
Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville 
Teacher: Nicole Whitecotton

JUNIOR GROUP DOCUMENTARY

1st 
Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds: Faith, Family, Friends, Freedom 
Paige Frady, Jaylin Viviano, Chase Hagler 
Lake Forest Middle School, Cleveland 
Teacher: Julie Mitchell

2nd 
Frederick Douglass: Taking a Stand for Equal Rights 
Shelby McNeal, Ailcy McGill 
Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville 
Teacher: Liz Shugart

3rd 
John Brown: Taking a Stand Against Slavery 
Ty Shearon, Bruce Stracener, Eli, Worsham 
Jo Byrns Middle School, Cedar Hill 
Teacher: Rachel Williams

SENIOR INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY

1st 
The East Tennessee Bridge Burners: Lincolnites Taking a Stand 
Grant Smith 
McCallie School, Chattanooga 
Teacher: Duke Richey

2nd 
The Bijou Theatre: Taking a Stand for Equality 
Jared Watkins 
L&N STEM Academy, Knoxville 
Teacher: Karen Stanish

3rd 
The Patriotic Pioneer: Cornelia Fort's Stand for Women in Aviation 
Lenora Upchurch 
Watertown High School, Watertown 
Teacher: Jason Knowles

SENIOR GROUP DOCUMENTARY

1st 
Developing From the Negatives: The Pictures That Ended Child Labor in America 
Swati Kinger, Reethu Krishnan 
Collierville High School, Collierville 
Teacher: Michelle Martin

2nd 
American Women's Dress Reform 1850-1920 
Sana Nisar, Katie Millican, Isabel Hester, Jadyn Mattews, Olivia Hoodenpyle 
Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga 
Teachers: Caroline Carlin, Ralph Covino

3rd 
The Coal Creek Saga: When Miners Stood up for their Labor Rights 
Zachary Medley, Abigail Wells, Alexandra Lee 
L&N STEM Academy, Knoxville 
Teachers: Derek Griffin, Tressie Norton

JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL EXHIBIT

1st 
Bread and Roses: The Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912        
Samuel Klein 
Pi Beta Phi Elementary School, Gatlinburg 
Teacher: Cindy Flynn

2nd 
Anne Dallas Dudley: Standing Up for Women's Rights 
Sarah Davis 
Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville 
Teacher: Liz Shugart

3rd 
Sons of Liberty Stance for Freedom and Independence 
Grace Ene 
West Creek Middle School, Clarksville 
Teacher: Michael Cleghorn

JUNIOR GROUP EXHIBIT

1st 
The Match That Sparked a Flame: The Tiananmen Square Protest of June 4, 1989  
Ella Tubbs, Alison Dropp, Becca Lilly, Colin Anderson 
Spring Station Middle School, Thompsons Station 
Teacher: Christopher Harrod

2nd 
Betty Friedan's Stand in Changing "Her"story: A Woman's Fight Against the "Feminine Mystique" 
Tia Dyson, Trinity McKinney, Maria Murshed, Aaliyah Winston 
Memphis Rise Academy, Memphis 
Teacher: Amanda Villani

3rd 
Taking a Stand in the 1919 Race Riots 
Haylin Ownby, Kaylei Malone 
New Center Elementary School, Sevierville 
Teacher: Christy Valentine

SENIOR INDIVIDUAL EXHIBIT

1st 
From Prisoner to Patient: Dorothea Dix Taking a Stand for the Mentally Ill 
Whitley Hoffner 
Pigeon Forge High School, Pigeon Forge 
Teacher: Karen Kelley

2nd 
Still Standing: Rex Richey and the Fight Against Bootlegging in Tennessee 
Duke Richey 
McCallie School, Chattanooga 
Teacher: Duke Richey

3rd 
Myles Horton: Taking A Stand Through Education 
Brittani Mays 
Clarksville High School, Clarksville 
Teacher: Whitney Joyner

SENIOR GROUP EXHIBIT

1st 
Anne Hutchinson: Religious Rebel 
Hyatt Christenberry, Molly Miller, Aruha Khan, Madison Jackson 
L&N STEM Academy, Knoxville 
Teacher: Derek Griffin

2nd 
Sophie Scholl: Laws Change, Conscience Doesn't 
Roiha Iqbal, Ayah Mohammad, Nadine Mohammad, Maya Salem 
Pleasant View School, Memphis 
Teacher: Robert Schueller

3rd 
Coal Operators and Evicted Miners in the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Coal Strike of 1912 
Will Klein, Emerson Wright 
McCallie School, Chattanooga 
Teacher: Duke Richey

JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE

1st 
When One Monk Stood 
Eli Harrison 
Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville 
Teacher: Nicole Whitecotton

2nd 
Kings Mountain. Taking a stand against the British 
Gabe Tipton 
John Sevier Middle School, Kingsport 
Teacher: John Mallick

3rd 
Dolly Parton: Taking a Stanza in History 
Eden Carnes 
Carnes Homeschool, Friendsville 
Teacher: Elithe Carnes

JUNIOR GROUP PERFORMANCE

1st 
Lowell Mill Girls: The First Union of Working Women 
Hannah Robbins, Eden Hutchinson, Isabella Miya 
Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville 
Teacher: Nicole Whitecotton

2nd 
Clara Barton: Standing Up for the Good of Others 
Emerson Kidd-Benthall, Tara Shealy 
Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville 
Teacher: Liz Shugart

3rd 
The Man Who Stood at the Center of the Sun, Galieo Galiei and How He Stood Up Against the Church 
Dalia Chemaitilly, Kathleen Heim, Jad Hamze, Ali Devji, Isabel Kagoo      
Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis 
Teacher: Catherine Hammons

SENIOR INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE

1st 
Parks v. Crow: Sitting to Take a Stand 
Alhusain Hadidi 
Pleasant View School, Memphis 
Teacher: Andre Clarke

2nd 
Clarence Darrow: Taking a Stand for Science and Education 
AJ Camacho 
Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville 
Teacher: Liz Shugart

3rd 
Ralph McGill: Taking a Stand in the Segregated South 
Walt Buzzini 
McCallie School, Chattanooga 
Teacher: Duke Richey

SENIOR GROUP PERFORMANCE

1st 
The Trials and Triumphs of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth in an Era of Segregation and Racism 
Tori Moore-McMiller, Rebecca Price, Inara Devji, Milanca Wang 
Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis 
Teacher: Rebecca Hodges

2nd 
Osceola: An American Freedom Fighter Makes a Stand 
Dawson Yates, Josh Martin, John Knox 
McCallie School, Chattanooga 
Teacher: Duke Richey

3rd 
Mildred Stahlman: Breaking Boundaries and Standing for Those Who Can't 
Gracie Hall, Jennifer Finegan 
Dayspring Academy, Greenbrier 
Teacher: Jesse Brewer

JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL WEBSITE

1st 
Jane Goodall: Protecting the Rights of the Wild 
Katie Diehr 
Richview Middle School, Clarksville 
Teacher: Tabitha Wilson

2nd 
Taking a Stand for Democracy: The Protestors at Tiananmen Square 
Rulan Gu 
West Valley Middle School, Knoxville 
Teacher: Karen Peterman

3rd 
The Boston Tea Party: Taking a Stand for Colonists' Freedom 
Vishva Patel 
Pi Beta Phi Elementary School, Gatlinburg 
Teacher: Cindy Flynn

JUNIOR GROUP WEBSITE

1st 
The Clinton Twelve: Taking a Stand for Integration 
Jaden Bogert, Caroline Stedina 
Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville 
Teacher: Liz Shugart

2nd 
Horace Julian Bond: Taking a Stand for Civil Rights in America 
Laila Amziane, Farah Abbad, Manal Abou Shala 
Pleasant View School, Memphis 
Teacher: Andre Clarke

3rd 
Amelia's Wild Ride 
Rebecca Cox, Giovanni Pichichero 
DeBusk Elementary School, Greeneville 
Teacher: Nathan Darnell

SENIOR INDIVIDUAL WEBSITE

1st 
They Were Men: King and the Sanitation Workers of Memphis 
Mary Coleman 
First Assembly Christian School, Cordova 
Teacher: Joe Newman

2nd 
Solidarity: Bringing Down The Iron Curtain 
Andrea Huang 
Ravenwood High School, Brentwood 
Teacher: Andrew Elrod

3rd 
Lewis Hine: Taking a Look Through My Lens 
Kiana Patterson 
West High School, Knoxville 
Teacher: Carrie Hastings

SENIOR GROUP WEBSITE

1st 
Dada: The Artists Who Dared to Question 
Vamsi Konjeti, Leah Farmer, Sithara Samudrala, Sai Thatigotla 
Ravenwood High School, Brentwood 
Teacher: Andrew Elrod

2nd 
Iconoclast Economist John Maynard Keynes: The Theory That Revolutionized the World 
Joe Roebuck, Pranav Saravanan, Noelle Link, Arshia Basutkar 
Ravenwood High School, Brentwood 
Teacher: Andrew Elrod

3rd 
Simón Bolívar; Liberating South American Countries 
Erin Maxwell, Ruchika Rathi, Ella Ensign, Elizabeth Rowe, Kathryn Ingle 
Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga 
Teachers: Caroline Carlin, Ralph Covino

JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL PAPER

1st 
The Battle of Karameh: Taking a Stand that Transformed a People and Built a Movement 
Muadth Malley 
Pleasant View School, Memphis 
Teacher: Andre Clarke

2nd 
Henry Agard Wallace: Against Bigots, Chauvinists & Dogs of War 
Naisha Chowdhury 
Pleasant View School, Memphis 
Teacher: Andre Clarke

3rd 
Taking a Stand to Save the Obed River 
Carter Lowe 
Coalfield School, Coalfield 
Teacher: Debbie Slack

SENIOR INDIVIDUAL PAPER

1st 
Taking A Stand for Humanitarian Intervention: The History of Iraq's Kurds, Realism and the Changing Role of the United Nations 
Ibtihal Malley 
Pleasant View School, Memphis 
Teacher: Andre Clarke

2nd 
John Muir: Taking for America's Wild Places 
Aden Klein 
Gatlinburg-Pittman High School 
Teacher: Cindy Flynn

3rd 
Thy Will Be Done: Clergy, Napalm, and the War in Vietnam 
Joseph Richard 
McCallie School, Chattanooga 
Teacher: Duke Richey

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SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS 
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BEST PROJECT IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY, JUNIOR DIVISION: 
Junior Group Exhibit 
The King of the Ring 
Wyatt Devall, Luke Jessie, Maksym Ulmer 
St. John Neumann Catholic School, Knoxville 
Teacher: Michele Tarricone

BEST PROJECT IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY, SENIOR DIVISION: 
Senior Individual Documentary 
The Bijou Theatre: Taking a Stand for Equality 
Jared Watkins 
L&N STEM Academy, Knoxville 
Teacher: Karen Stanish

BEST PROJECT IN TENNESSEE HISTORY, JUNIOR DIVISION: 
Junior Individual Performance 
Dolly Parton: Taking a Stanza in History 
Eden Carnes 
Carnes Homeschool, Friendsville 
Teacher: Elithe Carnes

BEST PROJECT IN TENNESSEE HISTORY, SENIOR DIVISION: 
Senior Individual Performance 
Clarence Darrow: Taking a Stand for Science and Education 
AJ Camacho 
Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville 
Teacher: Liz Shugart

MARGARET LINDSLEY WARDEN PRIZE FOR BEST PROJECT IN WOMEN'S HISTORY, JUNIOR DIVISION: 
Junior Group Exhibit 
Betty Friedan's Stand in Changing "Her"story: A Woman's Fight Against the "Feminine Mystique" 
Tia Dyson, Trinity McKinney, Maria Murshed, Aaliyah Winston 
Memphis Rise Academy, Memphis 
Teacher: Amanda Villani

MARGARET LINDSLEY WARDEN PRIZE FOR BEST PROJECT IN WOMEN'S HISTORY, SENIOR DIVISION: 
Senior Individual Documentary 
The Patriotic Pioneer: Cornelia Fort's Stand for Women in Aviation 
Lenora Upchurch 
Watertown High School, Watertown 
Teachers: Jason Knowles, Barbara Marks

MITCHELL MIELNIK MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR THE BEST PROJECT IN SPORTS, RECREATION, OR THE ENVIRONMENT: 
Senior Individual Documentary 
Comeback City: Chattanoogans Taking a Stand for a Cleaner, Better City 
Griffin Ball 
McCallie School, Chattanooga 
Teacher: Duke Richey

SOCIETY OF TENNESSEE ARCHIVISTS AWARD FOR ARCHIVAL RESEARCH, JUNIOR DIVISION: 
Junior Individual Documentary 
Dissidents of Rebellion: The Hidden Stand and Sacrifice of the East Tennessee Bridge Burners 
Tate Greene 
Clayton-Bradley Academy, Maryville 
Teacher: Nicole Whitecotton

SOCIETY OF TENNESSEE ARCHIVISTS AWARD FOR ARCHIVAL RESEARCH, SENIOR DIVISION: 
Senior Group Documentary 
The Cherokees: Trail to Tribal Rights 
Katherine Bell, Komal Patri, Mary Beth Propes, Astra Burke 
Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga 
Teachers: Caroline Carlin, Ralph Covino

DR. RUBEN BROOKS AWARD: 
Junior Individual Paper 
The Battle of Karameh: Taking a Stand that Transformed a People and Built a Movement 
Muadth Malley 
Pleasant View School, Memphis 
Teacher: Andre Clarke

DR. SAM B. SMITH AWARD: 
Senior Individual Paper 
Taking A Stand for Humanitarian Intervention: The History of Iraq's Kurds, Realism, and the Changing Role of the United Nations 
Ibtihal Malley 
Pleasant View School, Memphis 
Teacher: Andre Clarke

THE AGE OF JACKSON AWARD, JUNIOR DIVISION: 
Junior Individual Documentary 
South Carolina and the Nullification Crisis 
Joel Alejandro Santiago-Baretti 
West Creek Middle School, Clarksville 
Teacher: Michael Cleghorn

THE AGE OF JACKSON AWARD, SENIOR DIVISION: 
Senior Group Documentary 
The Cherokees: Trail to Tribal Rights 
Katherine Bell, Komal Patri, Mary Beth Propes, Astra Burke 
Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga 
Teachers: Caroline Carlin, Ralph Covino

TEACHER OF THE YEAR, JUNIOR DIVISION: 
Tabitha Wilson, Richview Middle School, Clarksville

TEACHER OF THE YEAR, SENIOR DIVISION: 
Jill Robbins, L&N STEM Academy, Knoxville

UNDERSTANDING SACRIFICE INSTITUTE, JUNIOR DIVISION: 
Whitney Joyner, Northeast Middle School, Clarksville

UNDERSTANDING SACRIFICE INSTITUTE, SENIOR DIVISION: 
Scott Johnson, Battle Ground Academy, Franklin

2016-2017 TEACHER AMBASSADOR: 
Scott Johnson, Battle Ground Academy, Franklin 



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