SJN students win state’s History Day contest

Laila Stempkowski and Kaylie Pomerantz, St. John Neumann Catholic School seventh-grade history students, won first place in the junior group documentary category of the state’s National History Day Tennessee contest in Nashville on April 9.

“This is a fantastic accomplishment for our students,” Janet Harrigan, SJN Catholic School director of admissions and development, said.

This win advances the girls to the national competition being held June 12 through June 16 at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md., Harrigan said.

Pomerantz and Stempkowski created a documentary titled, “Exploration of Tennessee’s Journey to Desegregate Schools and Struggles Encountered Along the Way.”
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SJN School Band goes to state

St. John Neumann Catholic School's concert band performed at Tennessee Music Education Association State Concert Festival.

The two-day festival took place in George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on Austin Peay State University campus in Clarksville April 28. Participants came from 30 middle and high school programs from across the state.

SJNCS band became eligible to participate in TMEA Concert Festival when it received a superior rating at East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association Middle Area Concert Festival at Farragut High School on March 9. Forty-seven middle and high school programs performed at the ETSBOA event.
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