McCallie history students had their strongest showing ever this year in the regional competition for National History Day, with Upper and Middle school students earning strong results in all phases of the competition.
National History Day is an academic program for students in grades 6-12. Students select a topic, conduct extensive primary and secondary research, and analyze and interpret their conclusions. They can choose to present their work through a website, exhibit, performance, documentary, or original paper.
Of the 36 boys who competed in the regionals, 26 qualified to compete in the state competition, about double the number of state qualifiers from previous years. McCallie also fielded a team from the Middle School for the first time ever in 2018, with three Middle School entries qualifying for state.
The best showing by McCallie was in the Individual Website competition, where McCallie swept the top three spots led by Pi Eager in first place, Mitchell Negus in second place and Charlie Smith in third place.
Students competing in National History Day have been working with Baker Chair of American History Dr. Duke Richey ’86 for most of the school year on their projects, which are based on this year’s theme of "Conflict and Compromise.” The top two finishers in each category move on to compete at the state level in Nashville on April 7, with chance to move on to the national competition in Washington, D.C. this summer.
“Our boys won the two most competitive categories in the region this year, which speaks to the quality of the work they put in,” Richey said. “I’m very proud of these guys and all of the hard work they put into an extracurricular activity beyond tough academics, athletics, and other busy schedules.”
Between the Upper and Middle School competitions, McCallie had eight first-place finishers and six second-place finishers for a total of 14 exhibits that qualified for state.
McCallie’s first-place finishers:
- Pi Eager, Individual Website — Winters v. United States: Native Americans, Water, and the Unintended Consequences of Compromise
- Will Parker, Individual Paper — Americans with Disabilities: Compromises and Conflicts in the Fight for Equality and Acceptance
- David Horne, Individual Documentary Film — Spiritual Split: Slavery and Compromise in the Presbyterian Church
- Brooks Riley and Ethan Roldan, Middle School Group Website — The Coal Creek War: Labor Conflict and Compromise
- Duke Richey, Individual Exhibit — "Quite a Nice Little Fish": The Snail Darter and the Environmental Compromise of the Century
- John Knox, Sultan Minhas and Dawson Yates, Group Exhibit — Culture Clash and Compromise: Desegregation at McCallie
- Davis Little, Ryan Huynh and Davis McCloskey, Group Performance — YAZOO: The Origins and Compromises in a Great American Land Scandal
- William Owen, Middle School Individual Performance — "All the News That's Fit to Print": The Life of Adolph Ochs
McCallie’s second-place finishers:
- Mitchell Negus, Individual Website — Polk and the Expansionist Movement: Conflict with Mexico and Compromise with Britain
- Adam Wang and Hanson Zhang, Group Website — "Let Us All Be Equal": The Conflicted American Attitude Toward the Chinese and the Compromise Forged in War, 1850-1945
- Zyan Wynn, Individual Documentary Film — Inventing Black History: Carter Woodson and His Compromises for the People
- Daniel Cui and Robert Cummings, Group Documentary Film — Banjo Power: Pete Seeger, Legal Conflict, and the HUAC Compromise
- William Nicely and John Jackson, Middle School Group Documentary Film — A Bridge Through Past and Present
- Jake Marcum, Max Ransom, Reece Gallagher, Reeder Williamson and Alexander Grande, Group Performance — Up On No Business Creek: Jerome Boyatt and Mountain South Vigilante Violence
Additionally, three other McCallie students, Charlie Smith (Individual Website), Harrison Stuart (Individual Paper) and Courtlandt Buzzini (Individual Performance) finished third and are alternates for the state competition next month.