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Lynx Win Honors at Tennessee History Day

On Saturday, April 7, our Lausanne students did us proud at Tennessee History Day. All of our student competitors qualified for state at West Tennessee Regional Competition at the University of Memphis February 24.

Laney Surbrook ’18 presented her senior individual exhibit entitled “A History of Gay Compromises: Sexuality in Memphis, TN”.

Sophomores Sultan Shah ’20 and Saad Khan ’20 earned 3rd placed in the senior group performance category for their historical rap of George vs. George entitled “Taxation Without Representation”.

A dynamic group of freshmen earned 2nd place and qualified to compete at the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland June 10-14. Isabel Kagoo ’21, Dalia Chemaitilly ’21, Ali Devji ’21, Kate Heim ’21 and Jad Hamze ’21 performed their original skit entitled, “The Coal Creek War: The Labored Effort Against Unjust Coal Mining Regulations.” The students will advance to the National History Day finals in College Park, Maryland, June 10 through June 14 with top finishers earning prestigious awards and scholarships.

Nearly 300 students from across Tennessee competed in the annual Tennessee History Day state contest in downtown Nashville Saturday.

The competition allows students to showcase their creativity and research skills by developing projects with historical themes. 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.

“Students who make it to the state competition represent the best our state has to offer. I hope these bright young men and women are learning valuable lessons on civility,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “I wish all of this year's participants the best of luck in what I'm sure will be an exciting competition on the state and national levels.”

“These stellar students have advanced from more than 7,500 sixth through 12th-graders who participated in History Day this year,” said Ann Toplovich, executive director of the Tennessee Historical Society. “Their projects display a solid grounding from research in primary sources, critical thinking skills and presentation of their ideas, and they show how understanding history connects to the responsibilities of citizenship. It will be a tough job for the judges choosing the next round of winners at the state contest.”

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.

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

Thanks to Dr. Rebecca Hodges for sharing the story, and to Ms. Helene Chemaitilly for making this awesome video of the experience!

Tennessee National History Day Competition from Lausanne Collegiate School on Vimeo.