History Day Winners Advance to Regional Competition


historyday1Six winners from the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) National History Day (NHD) district competition are now qualified for the East Tennessee History Day regional to be held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on March 6.


The Northern District Finalists were selected from the event hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) Nov. 19, 2019, on the LMU campus. The event was ALLM’s first time hosting.


“We plan to host this annually and look forward to seeing it grow and bring more students from around the region to our campus to share their love for history,” said ALLM Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet.historyday4


Five of the Northern District finalists were from Surgoinsville Middle School, Surgoinsville, Tennessee, sponsored by their teacher, Mindy Barton. Ava Collier and Scarlet Barton won for their project “Breaking Barriers: The Unbreakable Code” in the junior group exhibit category. Kaycee Bowman and Danica Brooks won for their project “Amelia Earhart: Breaking Barriers” in the junior group website category. Anais Rodriguez won in the junior individual exhibit category with her project entitled “Breaking Barriers: The First Colored Adolescent in a White Southern School.”


Khalea Hatfield, from Clairfield, Tennessee, and a student at Campbell County Comprehensive High School, won in the senior individual paper category. Her project was entitled “Rosalind Franklin: The Woman Who Decoded DNA.” She was sponsored by her teacher, Lisa Copeland.


historyday3National History Day is a yearlong education program for students in grades six-12 that engages both educators and students to improve the teaching and learning of history in public, private and home schools. Students who participate have shown dramatic improvements in research techniques, writing skills, historical knowledge, creativity, literacy, communication, civic engagement and college readiness. In addition to these skills, a 2011 study demonstrates that students who participate in National History Day outperform their non-NHD peers on state standardized tests in multiple subjects, including reading, science and math, as well as social studies.


The Tennessee Historical Society became the state affiliate of NHD in the 2008-2009 academic year. Since that time, student and educator participation across the state has more than doubled. Over 7,250 students across the state participate in National History Day. After competing in a cycle of contests, a delegation of approximately 65 students is selected to represent Tennessee at the National History Day contest, held each June in College Park, Maryland.


The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the Museum is closed for renovation and plans to reopen in 2020. For more information about continued programming while the museum is closed, call 423.869.6235.


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at [email protected]

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