IMPACT Early College High School freshman wins national championship

At just 15 years old, Matthew Broussard is already well acquainted with success.

The IMPACT Early College High School freshman earned a national championship in June at the 34th annual Kenneth E. Behring National History Day competition in Maryland, placing first in the Performance category for his presentation of “The Turning Point that Made America Forever Free.”

Broussard, under the sponsorship of Steve Koester, also earned first-place honors at the national competition when he was in the seventh grade, and has taken the top spot in the Performance category at every state-level competition for the past four years.

More than 500,000 students participate in National History Day contests every year that challenge them to choose a historical topic related to the annual theme; conduct research using primary and secondary sources; draw a conclusion; and present their work as a paper, exhibit, performance, documentary or website.

As part of his championship victory at the national competition, Broussard received an invitation to participate in an internship at Columbia or New York universities. He was also invited to perform at the American Association for State and Local History Conference in September as the National History Day representative.

To showcase Matthew’s achievement, Lee College’s Honors Program and Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society would like to share Matthew’s performance with our students and community. As you enjoy this video, please join us in applauding this outstanding local historian!