Brentwood once again to host rival high schools in ‘Battle of the Minds’ history bowl


Brentwood once again to host rival high schools in ‘Battle of the Minds’ history bowl

It’s almost that time of year again, when teams from Brentwood, Centennial, Franklin, Nolensville, Page, Ravenwood and Summit High Schools will compete in the “Battle of the Minds” Sarah Bayrd American History Bowl.

Hosted by the Brentwood Historic Commission, the history bowl will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Brentwood City Hall.  Winners will take home a trophy, which will reside at the winning school, as well as cash prizes for the top three teams.

Last year’s history bowl winner was Summit High School, but the “coveted” trophy is once again up for grabs.

The contest is modeled after the television show ‘Jeopardy’ with four fast-paced rounds. In order to answer a question, students will have to click a buzzer and answer quickly.

For the night’s final question, teams have the chance to place wagers on a correct answer, and some may even risk it all.

Long-time City Commissioner and member of the Historic Commission Ann Dunn wouldn’t spill the beans on the competition’s new category, “Iconic Images.”

But Dunn says the annual history bowl is an event open to the public and streamed live on Facebook, which she said “shines a light on these students and they never fail to impress.”

Sarah Bayrd

The history bowl is named for a Williamson County Advanced Placement History teacher, Sarah Bayrd. When it first began, the Historic Commission sought Bayrd’s knowledge and love for history to help plan the competition. Bayrd, along with another teacher, was killed in an accident while traveling in Greece. Now, the competition lives on to honor Bayrd’s legacy.

The 2019 Brentwood Historic Commission History Bowl is made possible is sponsored 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.

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