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High Schools Square Off In Brentwood Historic Commission’s Annual History Bowl

The “Battle of the Minds” took to the classroom on February 28th at Brentwood City Hall for the Historic Commissions 3rd Annual History Bowl.

The event featured students from Brentwood, Franklin and Ravenwood High Schools competing for the Sarah Bayrd American History Trophy.  The trophy is named after the late Sarah Bayrd, a long-time Advanced Placement history teacher who inspired several generations of Brentwood students to love history.  Retired News Channel 5 anchor Chris Clark moderated the event and Chuck Sherrill, Director of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, was the game show host.

The fast paced event featured five rounds of history questions in a format similar to popular quiz shows such as Jeopardy.  The fifth round being Final Jeopardy. In this round, each team could risk as little or all of their prize points as they dared. They either added that figure to their total or lost that amount depending on if they could answer the final question correctly.

A close battle was fought, but when the smoke cleared, Franklin High School won bragging rights and the trophy for the upcoming year.   The winning team gets to proudly display the trophy, a 12-inch American Eagle mounted on an eight-inch base, for bragging rights until next year’s bowl.

Watch the 2014 History Bowl
Watch the 2013 History Bowl
Watch the 2012 History Bowl

The winning team from Franklin High School included – seniors Nicole Chambers, Alyssa Hoover, Sydney Fobare and Kyle Turner.   Franklin’s history bowl coach was Ray Scheetz.

Franklin High School


Representing Brentwood High School were Anderson, Kimberly Eddleman, Akash Oza and Joyce Kang. Amanda Bicsak, a protégé of Bayrd, coached the Bruin team for the third year.

Brentwood High School

Ravenwood High School was represented by Jacob Berexa,  Obezimnaka  Boms, Matthew  Hoke and Lara Scott. While AP U.S. History and Government teacher Addison Pate served as head coach, four student assistants – Jackson Polkow, Rachel Johnson, Reed Williamson and Savannah Richardson – coached their peers between rounds.

Ravenwood High School

2012 History Bowl Winners:

Competing for Brentwood were Jake Driver, Anthony Hall, John Anderson, Michael Zoorab, Caitlyn Pinckard, Katherine Kincade, and Morgan Thompson. They were coached by teacher Amanda Bicsak.


2012 History Bowl Video





Last updated: 3/6/2014 9:35:10 AM