Goodlettsville, Tennessee – Stewart County High School won the 2019 Tennessee Star Constitution Bee State High School Championship on Saturday. Kyle Mallory was the faculty advisor who accompanied the team to the event.
Lincoln County High School finished in second place, thanks to the strong showing of its one man team, Aryan Burns, who won the Individual Grand Championship .
Metro Christian Academy, which hosted the event, finished in third place. Beverly Martin was the faculty advisor who helped prepare the team for the event.
Tennessee Volunteer Challenge Academy, finished in fourth place. Dean Nelson was the faculty advisor who championed the team’s participation in the event and accompanied the team to Goodlettsville.
Participants from Tennessee Volunteer Challenge Academy – who are considered at-risk youth receiving values, life skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens of Tennessee at the Academy – had an impressive showing, considering they had only received the book to begin their studying 24 hours prior to the event.
Three additional teams were represented: Franklin Road Academy, Brentwood Middle School, and local home schoolers.
Each team was awarded one point for each contestant, one point for winning a Preamble Challenge award, one point for providing a correct answer when a contestant “asks a friend,” ten points for a first place individual finish, five points for a second place individual finish, and three points for a third place individual finish.
Stewart County earned 19 points — 8 points for the 8 contestants from the school participating, 1 point for Elleigh Shepperd’s award for “the Most Persuasive Preamble,” 2 points for correct answers provided to contestants from “Friends of the Court Bench,’ 5 points for Joseph Semler’s second place individual finish, and 3 points for Alexia Appleton’s third place individual finish.
Lincoln County earned 11 points–1 point for the 1 contestant from the school participating and 10 points from Aryan Burns’ first place individual finish.
Metro Christian Academy earned 8 points–5 points for the 5 contestants from the school participating, 1 point for Jacob Campbell’s award for “The Most Entertaining Preamble, and 2 points for correct answers provided to contestants from “Friends of the Court Bench.”
Tennessee Volunteer Academy earned 5 points, all from the 5 contestants from the school who participated in the Bee.
Tennessee Star CEO and Editor-in-chief Michael Patrick Leahy, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, said that next year’s Constitution Bee will be even bigger than this year’s.
“In 2020 we will be conducting a Constitution Bee in Tennessee and several other states. In addition, we will be holding the first annual National Constitution Bee,” Leahy said.
The fourth annual Tennessee Star Constitution Bee will be held in Franklin, Tennessee a year from now in April 2020. Three additional states are expected to hold Bees that same month–The Ohio Star Constitution Bee, The Michigan Star Constitution Bee, and The Minnesota Sun Constitution Bee.
The top finishers from these four states, along with at-large contestants from around the country, will be invited to participate in the first annual Star News Digital Media National Constitution Bee, which will be held in Franklin, Tennessee in May 2020.
The Tennessee Star, The Ohio Star, The Minnesota Sun, and the soon to be launched Michigan Star are all owned by Nashville based Star News Digital Media, Inc.