The “Battle of the Minds” Sarah Bayrd American History Bowl returns Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at Brentwood City Hall. Sponsored by the Brentwood Historic Commission, the History Bowl stimulates awareness and a love for American history in young people.
The format provides an exciting, and fun event for area high school students modeled after the television show, ‘Jeopardy’ with a total of four fast-paced rounds. Students must buzz in to answer quickly, but not too quickly. For the final question of the night, teams risk it all to provide the right answer. How they answer and what they wager can be the game changer.
A new category this year, “Iconic Images.” Brentwood City Commissioner Anne Dunn says she can’t tell too much about the new category as it’s ‘top secret.’ But she did have this to share about the Sarah Bayrd American History Bowl, “Often academic competitions are not events where the public can just walk in and observe so the student’s skills go unrecognized. The history bowl is open to the public and live streamed on Facebook, so it shines a light on these students and they never fail to impress,” Dunn said.
Summit High School took home the coveted trophy at the 2018 competition. The trophy name, and competition, honors a beloved Williamson County Advanced Placement History teacher, Sarah Bayrd. The Historic Commission sought out Bayrd’s knowledge and love of history at the beginning stages of planning the competition, however sadly she and another teacher were killed in a tragic accident while traveling in Greece. The competition and trophy are an honor to her legacy.
Teams from Brentwood, Centennial, Franklin, Nolensville, Page, Ravenwood and Summit High Schools will all compete for the trophy and cash prize. The trophy will reside at the 2019 winning school and be kept there throughout the school year. The top three teams will win cash prizes.
The 2019 Brentwood Historic Commission History Bowl is made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship by Andrews Transportation Group, Brentwood Home Page, David Hammett, Bank of England Mortgage, Marla Richardson, Realtor with Realty Trust Residential and Mary Lee Bunch Associates.
This year’s event will be LIVE streamed on the Brentwood Historic Commission’s Facebook page. A rebroadcast will also be available in the weeks following the event on Brentwood TV, which airs on Comcast Cable Channel 19.