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Sixty-two students to represent Tennessee at history competition

NASHVILLE, TN – Sixty-two students will represent Tennessee at the National History Day competition this summer. The students are advancing after placing first or second in various categories at Tennessee History Day.

These students represent Knox County:
Junior Group Documentary

Paul Liulevicius, Vivi Christopoulos
The Power of "No": The Greek Resistance of World War II
St. John Neumann Catholic School, Knoxville
Teacher: Michele Tarricone
Junior Individual Paper

Keara Tibbs
The Forgotten and Bloodless Conflict: The British-American Aroostook War of 1839
West Valley Middle School, Knoxville
Teacher: Karen Peterman
Senior Individual Documentary

Eli Thompson
We Ain't Here to Argue: The Conflict That Became the Coal Creek War
Berean Christian School ISP, Knoxville
Teacher: Sharron Thompson
Senior Group Documentary

Lucy Drinnen, Reed Freeman
1960 Knoxville Sit-Ins: The Fight for a New Era
L&N STEM Academy, Knoxville
Teacher: Karen Stanish
Senior Individual Exhibit

Zoe Curnell
Women in the U.S. Military: Beginning the Right to Fight
West High School, Knoxville
Teacher: Alveta Summers

Participants entered documentaries, exhibits, performances, websites and papers all based on this year’s theme, “Conflict and Compromise in History.” Out of 162 submitted projects, 92 students received medals for their efforts, 15 students were awarded special prizes and two educators were recognized as educators of the year.

“We have a terrific group of students who will be representing Tennessee on the national stage," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "I know they will have a great experience there. With students like these, Tennessee's future is bright.” National History Day will be June 10 through June 14 on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland, with top finishers earning prestigious awards and scholarships.

“I am proud of all our students,” said 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.” A full list of 2018 Tennessee History Day medal winners is available here.

The Tennessee Historical Society has sponsored Tennessee History Day since 2009 with grant support from the Secretary of State’s office, Humanities Tennessee, the Memorial Foundation and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. For more information, please visit

Published May 7, 2018

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