Welcome to the website of The National History Bee – High School Competition! Founded in 2010, The National History Bee is getting set for its fourth school year of high school Regional and State qualifying tournaments, leading to the National Championships in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA in the spring of 2014. This year, we are debuting an all-US History Bee (in addition to the standard National History Bee), adding over 25 tournaments around the country, and lots more. Please explore our website and learn how you can take part in the Bee. Good luck in the 2013-2014 school year and please contact us if you have any questions!
- David Madden, Founder and Executive Director, The National History Bee
Regional & State Bee Sites
Congratulations to our 2013 National Champions!
Sameer Rai – Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, CA – Varsity
Connor Wood - Maggie Walker Governor’s School, Richmond, VA – Junior Varsity
Latest News – Last Updated on November 12, 2013
National History Bee and Bowl Announces Partnership with Texas Quiz Bowl Alliance
(November 11, 2013) The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to announce that it has entered a partnership with the Texas Quiz Bowl Alliance, which will oversee four standard NHBB high school-level State and Regional tournaments for the 2013-2014 school year. These include tournaments in or near Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, as well as the state championships in February in or near Austin. Additionally, TQBA will run a History Bee (on C set) at the Houston Holiday Hoedown, an all-subject tournament to be held in Houston on Saturday, December 14.
The tournaments which TQBA will run for NHBB will work somewhat differently than our standard formats. In particular, the prices will be slightly higher, but in return, teams will not be required to provide a reader. Also, there will be no Junior Varsity division at TQBA-sponsored tournaments this year, although students and teams who meet standard NHBB JV eligibility criteria (i.e. 10th grade and younger) are welcome to play in the JV division at Nationals, if they finish in the top half among participating teams and students at TQBA tournaments who are in tenth grade and younger. Also, please click on the respective tournaments on the map above to find out registration information, as registration for these tournaments will be done by emailing TQBA staff, not on the NHBB websites.
NHBB is grateful for the chance to partner with TQBA to help grow our tournaments in Texas, and we look forward to many new schools and students in the Lone Star State competing this year. For more information, please see TQBA’s announcement at: http://www.texasquizbowl.
Sathya Ramesh of Rancho Bernardo and Chaitanya Kore of Westview are San Diego Varsity and JV History Bee Champions at the First Tournament of the New School Year!
NHBB’s fourth season is officially off and running! On Sunday, October 13 at Westview High School in San Diego, 19 students competed in the inaugural San Diego History Bee. Sathya Ramesh from Rancho Bernardo High School just made the final pairing after a three-way tie at 3 in the first stage of the finals, but then pulled away in the second stage against Andrew Leung of Team LA County to emerge as a 6-1 winner. The JV competition came down to the last question, with Westview’s Chaitanya Kore emerging as a 6-5 winner over Rancho Bernardo’s Charles Neumann in the playoff match. Thanks to Westview High School for hosting and to all who attended; it was a great way to start our new season of tournaments!
Next up is the Central Florida History Bee and Bowl on Saturday, October 19 at Shorecrest Prep in St. Petersburg, followed by only about 100 more tournaments to come! Sign up at www.hs.historybee.com/
NHBB and US Geography Olympiad Institute New Late Payment Policy for 2013-2014
(Washington, DC – Oct. 8) The National History Bee and Bowl and The United States Geography Olympiad are instituting new late payment policies for their high school division tournaments for the 2013-14 season. These can be found in Item #8 on the registration page or by clicking here. The gist of things is that all payments for regional and state tournaments must be brought to the tournaments this year, and paid in cash or check. If payment is not made by the end of the day, late fees automatically kick in, which increase after an additional week of non-payment. No one, however, will be turned away at a tournament for lack of payment, but anyone who plays without payment is thus accepting this policy. For high school NHBB Nationals and USGO Nationals, by contrast, payments must be made in advance by April 14. Late fees will then apply after a short grace period. For further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your cooperation and timely payments for all events!
Gateway College in Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka Provides Practice History Quizzes to NHBB
(Over the Indian Ocean – Sept. 21) The National History Bee and Bowl’s International Division, IHBB, has just finished seven weeks of outreach efforts to schools in Asia. The trip concluded with a week in Sri Lanka, where we visited with six schools in and near Colombo and Kandy. At a visit to our new host school in Sri Lanka, Gateway College – Rajagiriya, NHBB Executive Director, David Madden was given an impromptu opportunity to emcee a history quiz. The students at Gateway College had written the questions themselves, and approximately 80 students took part. The questions from that quiz, as well as an even more challenging interscholastic competition have been forwarded to NHBB for your enjoyment and practice. How would you and your team stack up against the talented history students of Gateway College (which despite the name, is equivalent in student age to an American high school)? Note that a number of these questions, especially on Sri Lankan history, are considerably harder than anything you’re likely to find in an NHBB regional or state tournament. However, there are plenty of easier questions here too. NHBB thanks Gateway College for providing these questions, and we look forward to our inaugural Sri Lanka History Bee and Bowl there next February 1!
After three additional weeks of outreach in Europe, David and Nolwenn will return to the USA to kick off the 2013-14 calendar with our San Diego History Bee and Bowl at Westview High School on October 13. After that, we’ll be running tournaments during the weekends, and doing outreach throughout the USA every week until the end of March. We now have over half of our tournament dates set for the USA this year, so sign up through the Registration tab on the left side of the page whenever you’re ready!
NHBB’s Overseas Tournaments Set for Expansion in 2013-2014
(Kuala Lumpur, Sept. 5) For the past two years, NHBB has held a number of tournaments throughout Asia and Europe under the name of the International History Bee and Bowl or “IHBB”. Tournaments have taken place so far in Japan, China, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, England, and France. We have also held a European Championships for the past two years, as we bring the excitement of our history quiz tournaments to students overseas.
For the 2013-2014 school year, IHBB is set to grow by leaps and bounds, as its Executive Directors, David and Nolwenn Madden, are in the midst of a 10 week outreach trip across Asia and Europe. So far, they have visited over 100 schools in South Korea, China, Thailand, and Malaysia, with future stops planned in Singapore, Sri Lanka, England, Germany, Switzerland, and France. IHBB is looking forward to 12-15 qualifying tournaments in Asia and 6-8 such tournaments in Europe this year. The 2014 European Championships will then be held in Rome, and the inaugural Asian Championships in either Singapore or Hong Kong at the end of the school year.
Looking a bit farther down the road, IHBB is also already in the beginning stages of planning for the first-ever International History Olympiad in the summer of 2015. This would be a week-long event in the summer for students from around the world. The Olympiad would consist of many different events, many of which would go beyond buzzer-based quiz competitions. For more information on the International History Olympiad and all of our future plans around the world, please see www.ihbbglobal.com. Of course, in the USA, we’re growing too – with about 25 new qualifying tournaments at the high school level, and our new US History Bee! Stay tuned for more details on that, which will be available by October.
Welcome to a new year of The National History Bee – High School Division!
August 6, 2013: We are excited to be getting ready for our biggest and best year so far. At the high school level, we will be running 100-110 standard History Bee and Bowl tournaments; the sites for which are shown on the above map. In addition, we are getting ready to launch our new United States History Bee, which will focus on US history. Approximately 15-20 US History Bee tournaments will be held (mostly during the week after school), with a national championship to be held on Friday of our high school national championships weekend (i.e. April 25, 2014 in Arlington, VA).
As we get set for our new season, we are also putting the finishing touches on redesigning our high school website. The new website (which will be combined for the high school level of the National History Bee and Bowl) will debut around Labor Day. Registration for tournaments will open then as well, though as in past years, same-day registration for standard high school History Bees will be allowed. The registration process for the new United States History Bee will be explained on its own separate website when that is launched, also in September 2013.
For further questions on the high school division of either the National History Bee or the National History Bowl, please email email@example.com For further questions on the elementary or middle school division of the National History Bee or the National History Bowl, as well as the new United States History Bee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest and support of The National History Bee and Bowl, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming 2013-2014 tournaments soon!
NHBB Announces the 2013 National Quizbowl Award Winners
For the second straight year, NHBB has sponsored and organized the National Quizbowl Awards to recognize the achievements of the top players and coaches in all-subject (i.e. not just history) quiz tournaments throughout the USA. Congratulations to this year’s winners who are as follows:
National Middle School Player of the Year: Pranav Sivakumar, Barrington Station, IL
National 9th Grade Player of the Year: Ethan Russo, LASA, TX
National 10th Grade Player of the Year: Sam Blizzard, Northmont, OH
National High School Player of the Year: Max Schindler, Ladue Horton Watkins, MO
National High School A Team (includes National Player of the Year):
1. Max Schindler, Ladue Horton Watkins, MO
2. Sameer Rai, Bellarmine, CA
3. Morgan Venkus, Loyola Academy, IL
4. Carlo De Guzman, St. John’s, TX
National Middle School Coach of the Year: Jeff Price, Barrington Station, IL
National High School Coach of the Year: Jason Flowers, LASA, TX