Matthew Broussard ’20 Receives National History Honor

Matthew Broussard, an incoming first-year student from Baytown, TX, won two awards—the George Washington Leadership in History Award and the Legacy Award—for his presentation at the 2016 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day (NHD) Contest in June.

Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage about 600,000 middle and high school students around the world in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research in the form of documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites in contests at the local and affiliate levels. The top student projects advance to the national contest held at the University of Maryland at College Park each June. Nearly 3,000 students compete at this level, and various organizations also present awards to outstanding entries.

For the 2016 competition, Broussard created a documentary, “From Confederation to Nation,” about the creation of the Constitution. The George Washington Leadership in History Award was sponsored by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and the Legacy Prize by the Creativity Foundation.

Broussard comes to Rhodes from Impact Early College High School, and he plans to major in history.