In all, 58 middle and high school students represented Tennessee in the competition, in which students prepare documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites with historical themes. The overall theme of this year's contest was "Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History."
|Students Deanna Upchurch, Hannah Robbins and Eli Harrison accept awards at National History Day 2016.|
Tennessee's students, some working in groups and some working individually, submitted a total of 35 entries. The students earned the right 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.
Ten teachers accompanied the delegation to National History Day and participated in professional development opportunities.
The delegation began the week with a pizza party, followed by the opening ceremony. The students had the opportunity to meet with Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Bob Corker and attend a private reception at the National Museum of American History. After all of the entries had been judged, National History Day culminated in the awards ceremony, when the six students from Knoxville, Maryville, Watertown and Memphis placed in the final top ten.
To see a list of the finalists and read more about the competition, please see this press release: http://sos.tn.gov/news/students-knoxville-maryville-watertown-and-memphis-perform-well-national-history-day.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State