History students Caitlin and Nadia

Xaverian History students recognised in national competition

Two Year 12 students at Xaverian College, Caitlin Bowler and Nadia Bishop-Broadhurst entered The British Association for American Studies (BAAS) School Essay Prize earlier this year and have recently been recognised for their excellent work. 

The British Association for American Studies invited students to investigate using the brief: “Explore any aspect of the American experience, from the perspective of history, literature, film, politics or any other related or inter-related discipline.”, allowing students to focus on any area they had a particular interest in.  

Nadia won the competition with her essay: “Were the golden years really golden?” and Caitlin gained an honourable mention for her essay: “Has America always considered itself exceptional?”.  

Both students attended a digital awards ceremony on Friday 17th June 2022, where their hard work was celebrated by leading academics.  

Caitlin said: “The theme of my essay was American exceptionalism – what is it, where does it come from and how does it affect people consumed by it? I have always been really interested in the concept that America seems to have – that they are inherently better than everyone else just because they are American – and how it seems to change their perception of life. I got to explore lots of different aspects of this when writing my final submission. 

“I entered the competition to challenge myself, I never thought I’d get an honourable mention! Our teachers always encourage us to step outside of our comfort zone and try something new, especially when it combines our studies with something we enjoy and are passionate about. 

“At Xaverian there are lots of subjects to choose from and the enrichment opportunities are endless – that’s why I chose to study here! I’ve made so many great friends and I feel really prepared for my future, hopefully as a History Teacher!”  

Hayley Flanagan, History Teacher, commented: “It’s incredible to have two students from the College recognised for their work! Both Nadia and Caitlin work exceptionally hard and it’s been a pleasure watching them grow over the past year. They should be really proud!” 

It’s only while studying the past that we can make sense of the present and when studying History at Xaverian you have the chance to immerse yourself in various topics, from the Tudors to the American Dream. This A Level course requires you to think critically and to explore different perspectives of the past to develop your own arguments and conclusions. 

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