Students from Farragut High School and St. John Neumann Catholic School were prominent among 56 Knox County students who earned first, second or third place — in addition to earning special awards — in the 18th Annual East Tennessee History Day Regional Competition, held Friday, March 1, in Knoxville.
First- and second-place winners, with third place serving as alternates, will advance to the state competition, Tennessee History Day, Saturday, April 13, in Nashville. Top state winners will advance to nationals in College Park, Maryland, June 9-13.
In Senior Division, FHS (Angela Breeding, teacher) top finishers:
• Varsha Babu, Ariane Burt, Ashley Dai and Alice Zhang took first place in the Senior Group Website category for their entry, “Down in New Orleans: The New Orleans School Crisis of the 1960’s;”
• Jiarui Han, Yuxuan Zhang, and Claudia Levi placing second in the Senior Group Website category with their entry, “The Scilly Naval Disaster of 1707: The Tragedy that Revolutionized Sea Navigation;”
• Katherine Chen placed second in the Senior Individual Documentary category with her entry, “Guernica: Between the Canvas and the Catastrophe.” She also received the Dan and Mary Shannon Award, First in Senior Division;
• Rena Liu placed second in the Senior Individual Paper category with her entry, “The My Lai Massacre: The Tragedy and Its Triumphs;”
• Forest Chen placed third in the Senior Individual Paper category with his entry, “1949: The Great Awakening.”
In Junior Division, SJNCC (Michele Tarricone, teacher) top finishers:
• Paul Liulevicius, Anthony Montgomery and Ryan Preston placed second in the Junior Group Documentary category with their entry, “The Sultana Disaster: From Triumph to Tragedy to Triump Again.” The team’s entry placed first for the Best Project in Civil War Era History Award;
• Sophia Collins, Alex Latham and Jack Acord took third place in the Junior Group Documentary category with their entry, “The Triumph and Tragedy of The Treaty of Versailles;”
• Julia Angerer and Keira McConville placed second in the Junior Group Website category with their entry “Triumph and Tragedy of the Atomic Bomb;”
• Molly Fricks placed second in the Junior Individual Exhibit category with her entry, “Navajo Code Talkers;”
• James Long placed third in the Junior Individual Paper category with his entry, “The Legacy of the Mongols: The Triumph of Culture and the Tragedy of Bloodshed;”
• Sarah Allen placed second in the Junior Individual Performance category with her entry, “The Titanic Tragedy.”