Tom Causby remembers sitting as a boy at the foot of his grandfather, Guy Henley, and listening to Henley, a member of the Navy during World War II, recount stories of all the history he’d witnessed firsthand.

“I have always been interested in history. My granddaddy and I would sit around and talk about the world wars he lived through,” Causby said. “It seems like every time we were around each other, we started talking about things that ignited my interest in history.”

Henley, who died in 2004, was an early supporter in the establishing of Christian Heritage School in Dalton, where Causby is now a junior. Causby recently received the 2007 National Scholar Award in the United States History and Geography Competition hosted by the American Association of Christian Schools.

April Fisher, Advanced Placement history teacher at CHS, confirmed that Thomas knows his history.

“Tom truly has a passion for history. Because of that passion and his desire to learn, he is constantly reading historical material,” Fisher said. “I am extremely proud of Tom’s achievement, although I am not surprised.”

Causby, the son of Gregg and Holly Causby, is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Causby and Betty Henley and the late Guy Henley. After competing and winning the history competition at the regional and state levels, he advanced to the national competition in Greenville, S.C., at Bob Jones University. Competitors came from 47 states and several foreign countries. Students from 12 states competed in the history test.

Causby was given three tests that contained about 100 questions each. All of the tests, including the final that had an additional 90 questions, had to be completed within 12 hours. Causby finished in one hour.

“You either know the answer or you don’t,” he said. He scored approximately 220 correct out of the 290 questions.

Causby has not only excelled in the history classroom, but has distinguished himself as a dramatic performer at CHS. He is a nose guard on the football team and statistician for Christian Heritage’s championship basketball squad, where he teamed up with basketball coach Steve Irwin, who is also a history teacher at the school.

“Coach Irwin knows his subject well — it is a part of him,” Causby said. “He was spectacular as a communicator on the court and in the classroom.”

Causby plans to study history after high school but is undecided on his college choice.

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