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Students discuss 9/11 history project in new podcast

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Four McCallie Advanced Placement U.S. History students join history teacher Dr. Duke Richey '86 in a newly released podcast to discuss their roles in an eight-year project to record remembrances of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center towers. The podcast is part of McCallie’s Stories from the Ridge podcast series and can be found here.

For the past eight years, students in Advanced Placement U.S. History classes at McCallie have interviewed hundreds of people, collecting their memories of the September 11, 2001 attacks. To mark the 20th anniversary of that day, the past and present students launched a website containing remembrances that have been collected over the years.

The website for this special project can be found here:

Already 20 powerful stories have been posted, and others will be posted every Tuesday morning throughout the 2021-22 academic year. The stories come from people of all ages and all locations – some who witnessed the attack first-hand, others from abroad, and many from their homes and businesses in Chattanooga and other U.S. cities.

Podcast participants include Dr. Richey and seniors Vihaal Vellanki '22, a boarder from Minnetonka, Minn., Luke Gilbert '22, a boarder from Charlotte, N.C., and Nathan Smartt '22, a boarder from Austin, Texas. In addition, Nelson Eiselstein, a 2016 graduate of McCallie who participated in the project when he was a student, joined the discussion. Mr. Eiselstein now teaches math at McCallie.