Knox County student, Christopher Carter, is one of the 62 students who placed first or second in their categories at this year’s virtual Tennessee History Day contest representing Tennessee at National History Day this summer.

Carter earned this honor by taking second place in the Senior Individual Paper category at this year’s Tennessee History Day contest with the project, Communication: Navajo Code Talkers in World War II. Carter is a student at West Valley Middle School, under the guidance of educator Karen Peterman.

After competing in and receiving awards at regional contests across the state, 220 students participated in this year’s virtual Tennessee History Day, held the first two weeks of April. Out of 127 group and individual projects submitted, 62 students advanced to the National History Day competition, 88 students earned medals, 18 students were awarded special prizes and two educators were recognized as Educators of the Year.

These Knox County students also earned awards at the Tennessee History Day competition:

3rd Place in the Senior Group Documentary
Project: Nanyehi: “Our Cry is All for Peace”
By: Cristine Chen and Lilly Cooper
From: L&N STEM Academy, Knoxville
Educator: Derek Griffin

3rd Place in the Senior Individual Website
Project: Nazi Propaganda: Communicating Beliefs
By: Hannah Blake
From: L&N STEM Academy, Knoxville
Educator: Karen Stanish

3rd Place in the Senior Group Website

Project: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: Communicating Hazardous Labor Conditions
By: Annie Hodge and Izabella Maestroiani
From: West High School, Knoxville
Educator: Lindsey Parks

“I applaud the talented and hard-working students who, despite unprecedented challenges this past year, excelled in the Tennessee History Day competition,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “I’m proud to support this worthwhile program and wish the statewide winners the best of luck as they represent Tennessee on the national stage.”

History Day is a year-long competition in which students in grades 6-12 compete by submitting group or individual projects about people and events of historical significance. These projects include dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, websites, and research papers related to this year’s theme, Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.

The National History Day competition will take place June 13-17, hosted virtually by the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. Top finishers in each category earn prestigious awards and scholarships.

“Our students and educators overcame unique challenges to participate in the 2021 contest,” said Tennessee History Day coordinator Nikki Ward. “Projects that usually depend on in-person presentation had to be transformed into a digital format. The students found ways to collaborate on research and create engaging virtual projects, all while diligently following health guidelines and adhering to the National History Day framework. Congratulations to these students, educators and families for a job well done.”

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

For the complete list of 2021 Tennessee History Day winners, visit