In its first year of existence, with no junior or senior classes, Nolensville High School is set to compete Thursday night in the Williamson County-wide History Bowl.
The bowl, which covers American history, will take place at 7 p.m. at the Brentwood Municipal Center at 5211 Maryland Way.
All eight other high schools in Williamson County are sending teams to the competition, and at first glance it may not seem like important news that Nolensville is going to take part in the event as well. The event is organized by Brentwood’s Historic Commission and is open to any student who wants to participate, although generally only students who have taken AP American History compete.
The school initially had four students sign up for its History Bowl team, but scheduling conflicts whittled down that number to one student who will represent Nolensville High School at the contest.
“We had some hesitation, but we decided it would be a great learning opportunity” to join in anyway, Nolensville High School Principal Bill Harlin and Social Studies Department Chair, and team coach, Bryant Gunter said in an email.
There are four rounds of regular competition in the History Bowl and then one final round. Teams can have up to four players each, allowing one student to handle each round. Two students are allowed to collaborate on the final round. Nolensville’s one student will do it all.
“I really do think they’re brave doing that,” Anne Dunn, a Brentwood Historic Commission member, said of Nolensville’s participation.
Of course, despite the obvious challenges in competing alone, if Nolensville should come out on top, that one student will be able to claim all of the $300 first-place prize. The second and third-place teams will receive prizes as well.
Even if Nolensville’s student does not beat the odds and the older students and win the History Bowl, Harlin and Gunter think the night will be worth it.
They are looking forward to learning about the different types of questions asked and seeing how their one student performs without having experience in AP U.S. History. They agree that seeing how the event is organized will be worth it all.
For the first time, this year’s History Bowl will be live-streamed on the City of Brentwood website. The bowl will also be available for viewing after the competition on the city’s site as well as on Comcast Cable Channel 19.