Twenty-seven students from Greene County will be competing in the District History Day event in Knoxville on Monday, March 1.
The students advanced to the district competition by placing either first or second in their respective categories in the Northeast Tennessee Regional History Day held Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Tusculum College.
The Tusculum College Department of Museum Studies hosted the Regional History Day event, which received financial support from the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association. The Tusculum Department of Museum Studies is the regional coordinator for National History Day events.
While on campus, the students visited the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library. The event ended with an awards ceremony that included an address encouraging the students to continue their study of history by Dr. Angela Keaton, assistant professor of commons and history at Tusculum.
The winners from the district then go on to the state competition.
Projects advancing to the district event are (by category):
Indvidual exhibit: sixth grade - first place, “Innovative Sight: The History of Spectacles” by Sandi Inscore (Mosheim Middle School); seventh grade - first place, “The Edison Phonograph” by Jonathan Nicholson (Mosheim), and second place, “Programmable Logic Controller” by Luke Keasling (Mosheim); and eighth grade - first place, “Atari 2000: History of the Future” by Chance Powell (Chuckey-Doak Middle School), and second place, “Need for Speed” by Lauren Dunbar (Chuckey-Doak).
Group exhibit: sixth grade - first place, “Reaping Across America” by Amee Hankins and Caleb Moon (Chuckey-Doak); seventh grade - first place, “Protecting the Present, Preserving the Past, Transforming the Future” by Alexus Gibson and Michala Myers (Chuckey-Doak), and second place, “Are You Prepared?” by Dylan Carter and Noah Wagner (Mosheim); and eighth grade - first place, “Shall Not Deny My Vote” by Katie Bishop and Maddy Hensley (Chuckey-Doak), and second place, “Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread” by Matt Dickinson and Ethan Myers (Mosheim).
Documentary: first place, “Prosthetics: From Inability to Ability” by Meghan Lamb and Erica Reynolds (Mosheim), and second place, “The History of Basketball” by Braxton Potter, Jacob Peters and Cole Christopher (Mosheim).
Performance: first place, “Orville and Wilbur Wright: The Invention of Flight” by Daniel Beddingfield, Austin Fillers, and Kelley Russ (Chuckey-Doak); and second place, “Wright Brothers” by Nathan Blaylock, Taylor Dean and Jeff Hensley (Chuckey-Doak).
The preceding winners will participate in the junior category competitions for grades 6-8. A Greene County student will also be participating in the senior exhibit category for high school students. Matt Hensley, a ninth grader at Chuckey-Doak High School, advances to the district competition with his first place exhibit, “Cyrus McCormick: Inventive Genius.”
A special award was presented for best use of primary sources in a project to Meghan Lamb and Erica Reynolds for their documentary “Prosthetics: From Inability to Ability.” Each student received a $25 cash award as part of the honor, which was sponsored by the Tusculum College Department of History.
The Department of Museum Studies at Tusculum coordinates the Regional History Day as well as providing resources throughout the school year to assist students and teachers in the process of creating projects. This year, this effort has been significantly enhanced by the addition to the department of Darlene McCleish as National History Day resource coordinator. The part-time position was created through grant funds from the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association and the Niswonger Foundation.
The Museums of Tusculum College administer the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum on campus. The Doak House Museum, the 19th century home of the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, co-founder of Tusculum College, hosts thousands of school children from the region for a variety of educational programs related to the 19th century and CHARACTER COUNTS! The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library houses a special collection of items relating to the 17th president, the college’s archives and volumes from the institution’s original library. The museums are also two of the 10 structures on the Tusculum campus on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum department also offers one of the few undergraduate degree programs in museum studies in the country.