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Dr. Snowden presents (l-r) David, Conor and John with certificates of recognition at the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 16. Submitted

Moore students sleuth their way to national recognition

Moore Elementary students David Hester, Conor Kimbro, and John Murphree are being recognized tonight for extending their learning by taking on a research project and upon determining the results, have seen their work published online by various media outlets.  

This project actually began last spring in Shannon Carlisle’s fourth-grade classroom at Moore Elementary. 
As she does every year, Mrs. Carlisle introduced her class to the world of her favorite author, Sir Conan Arthur Doyle, and his chief investigator, Sherlock Holmes. 
Carlisle, a member of the Sherlockian scion The Nashville Scholars of the Three-Pipe Problem, presented the class with a research topic that her group had discussed at its meeting regarding the ownership and fate of a safe mentioned at the end of Doyle’s short story, “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons.” 
For two months, David, Conor, and John met with Carlisle every other day during their lunch break to develop and answer research questions. 
Most of their research about Victorian England and popular safes of the late 1800s was conducted online and through email with experts in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.  
In the end, the students concluded that the safe was an 1882 Chubbs #33 and it belonged to Dr. Watson.
This past summer, their research was published electronically to over 840 Sherlockians.  In fact, The Sherlockian E-Times published an extra edition of their electronic newsletter – something that has only been done four times in 20 years - just to share this research with their 600 readers across four continents.  
Additionally, the boys were recently contacted by the editors of The Serpentine Muse, a highly regarded publication by a New York- based Sherlockian society called the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, to request permission to publish the research in their prestigious quarterly.  
The research has also been featured on, and in a June edition of Scuttlebits and Bytes, an electronic newsletter published by the Sherlock Holmes Society of St. Charles.

Posted on: 9/19/2013


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