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Lausanne Freshman Bring Home Honors At National History Day

Four Lausanne freshmen brought home Honorable Mention at the National History Day competition in Maryland.  

Ali Devji '21, Jad Hamze '21, Dalia Chemaitilly '21 and Isabel Kagoo '21, with help from Kate Heim '21, received an Honorable Mention at the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland College Park on Tuesday, June 12.  

They competed against over 110 other senior group performance entries from all over the United States and American schools abroad and placed second in the preliminary round.  

Their original skit was entitled, “The Coal Creek War: The Labored Effort Against Unjust Coal Mining Regulations” and visually represented their research on the coal miners’ strike and riot that led to the end of the convict lease labor system in Tennessee. 

Middle and high school students created projects based on this year’s theme, “Conflict and Compromise in History.”  

Students compete in five categories: papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites and performances.  

Tennessee History Day helps participating students learn the importance of history and critical thinking through the use of primary source documents, in-depth research and analysis. Competitions are held in individual schools.  

The winners 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.