Welcome to the website of The National History Bee – High School Competition! Founded in 2010, The National History Bee is gearing up for its third school year of Regional and State qualifying tournaments, leading to the National Championships in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA in the spring of 2013. This year, we are expanding our middle school division to include homeschoolers & elementary schools, adding many regional tournaments, introducing new features to our National Championships, and lots more. Please explore our website and learn how you can take part in the Bee. Good luck in the 2012-2013 school year, and feel free to 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 May 2, 2013
Congratulations to our National Champions: Sameer Rai and Connor Wood!
The National History Bee held its third annual high school National Championships on Sunday, April 28, 2013 in Arlington, VA, with over 300 students from across the USA competing for the Varsity and Junior Varsity national titles. After 6 rounds of preliminary competition, and 3 rounds of playoffs, Sameer Rai of Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, CA notched his third National History Bee title in three years, by winning the Varsity division. Connor Wood of Maggie Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, VA came on strong in the Junior Varsity after finishing the prelims in 7th place, winning 12-5 over Nirav Ilango of Chattahoochee (GA) in the final match. Sameer’s final opponents included National Runner Up Jonathan Leidenheimer of George Marshall (VA), 3rd place finisher Ben Jones of LASA (TX), and 4th place finisher Jason Fern of Athens Academy (GA). Sameer, Jonathan, Ben, and Jason scored 12-7-4-2 respectively in the Varsity final.
In addition to his triumph in the History Bee, Sameer also won the Varsity National History Bowl playing on his own against teams of four students! He is also the first high school student in either Varsity or JV to win the National History Bee and the National History Bowl titles in the same year. Preliminary statistics are available by clicking on the draw links; playoff statistics will be added soon, and then archived under the Nationals tabs. Thanks to everyone who came to play or assist with running our competition, and we hope to see you all next year! For our part, we’re now turning our attention to our Elementary and Middle School National History Bee National Championships in Atlanta on June 1. Good luck to all competing there – see www.historybee.com for further details.
Welcome to the 2013 National History Bee National Championships!
(April 24) Over 330 students from around the world are competing for the title of National History Bee National Champion this weekend in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA! The staff of The National History Bee and Bowl welcomes everyone attending this year’s Nationals in whatever capacity, be it player, coach, staff, or fan, that they may be attending as. From 6pm on Thursday until the end of the tournament, please direct all questions to email@example.com or to 201 951 1956. Please do not contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the usual NHBB phone number during this time. We’re looking forward to a great weekend of competition and wish all teams the best of luck, and a fun, fair, and exciting tournament!
High School History Bee Nationals Just 10 Days Away! Registration Closes Today!
(April 18) If you haven’t yet signed up for NHBB’s 3rd Annual National Championships, you have until 11pm EDT today (4/18) to sign up. After that, the field will be closed and we’ll start putting together the draw for our Varsity and JV divisions, with roughly 350 students overall set to compete! This year’s tournament will feature 6 prelim rounds of 35 questions each, with each round having a mix of questions from all eras of history, just like this year’s Regionals.
The top 32 Varsity and 20 JV students will advance to the finals on Sunday afternoon which roughly 1000 people will likely be watching! Prizes on offer include a potential trip to our European Championships for the Varsity Champion and cash prizes for the finalists and semifinalists as well. We’ll post the draw online as soon as its finalized, but by next Thursday (4/25) at the latest. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com, though after next Thursday evening, we’ll be providing a second email address and 24 hour telephone number you should use to reach us through the end of the tournament. Good luck with your final preparations, and we’ll see you at Nationals soon!
Regionals Are Done! Sets Posted Online. History Bee Nationals Registration Ends on April 18!
The National History Bee has finished its third year of Regional and State qualifying tournaments, with the conclusion of our Colorado and Minnesota tournaments, both of which were held on Saturday, March 30. Throughout the 2012-13 school year, we ran 78 such tournaments throughout the USA, with over 2000 participating student registrations and many great performances! We are gratified and thankful to everyone who participated in, volunteered at, directed, or helped us in any capacity with any of our tournaments this year. The question sets we used have now been posted online at http://www.hsapq.com/samples (scroll down to the bottom of the page). We’ll be keeping Round 10 of the History Bowl for all 3 sets in reserve to use for our scrimmages at Nationals on Friday evening. After Nationals, those rounds will be added to the sets as well, along with the questions from Nationals.
Finally, please be advised that our Nationals Registration for the National History Bee will end on 11pm Eastern on Thursday, April 18! We can assure you that there will be no extension of the registration deadline, so if you qualified and will be joining us, don’t delay – sign up now! Also, don’t forget to sign up for the History Bowl Nationals (deadline 4/8) at www.historybowl.com; the US Geography Challenge Nationals (deadline 4/10) at www.usgeochallenge.com, and the National Entertainment and Sports History Bees (deadline 4/15) through the “Friday Night Events” link. Good luck with your preparations, and we’ll see you at Nationals!
National History Bee Regional and State Tournaments Nearing an End, as Nationals Draws Near!
It’s been a great third year for the National History Bee with tournaments from Guam to Paris and all across the USA! Our 80 or so Regional and State tournaments are drawing near to their conclusion though, at the end of the month. Depending on where you live, there may still be a last chance to compete and either qualify for Nationals if you haven’t already done so, or get more experience and a shot at a state title if you have.
Nationals Registration for the National History Bee will remain open through April 18, including for the Consolation Bee, but the sooner you can get your registrations in the better. We’re expecting a total of 400-500 students to compete on Sunday, April 28 for the National Championship title! Rooms are going fast at the host hotel, the Crystal Gateway Marriott, so call and reserve your rooms ($132 + tax for quad occupancy) as soon as you can. If you have any further questions about Nationals, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification, though see the various tabs on the left hand side of this page for more information and the registration page.
Good luck in the remaining tournaments and in your preparation for our National Championships!
National History Bee High Season is Here! Over 30 Tournaments Scheduled for February Alone!
Jan. 31, 2013 - As a busy January comes to an end, the National History Bee is looking forward to an even busier month in February. In fact, with 31 tournaments planned, February will be the busiest month in our history, and we hope that you’ll be able to join us at a tournament near you. Click on the dots on the map above to see when and where tournaments are being held.
January saw many great triumphs across the USA. To cite just some, Andrew Brod of Millburn (NJ) and Alex Oltarsh of TriBeCa (NY) won in the largest Varsity and JV History Bee fields at a regional History Bee ever at the Northern New Jersey History Bee on Jan. 19. Returning National Finalist from last year, Jason Fern of Athens Academy (GA) won his second tournament of this school year at our Georgia State History Bee on Jan. 26. Patrick Neal and Duncan McCallum made it a sweep for Lexington in the Varsity and JV Massachusetts History Bees, while in Alabama, Jonathan Hurowitz of Altamont and Hedley Myers from Randolph won there. In Long Island, Zihan Zheng of Hunter proved he’ll be a force to be reckoned with at Nationals, and Ben Zhang of Ladue in Missouri won in convincing fashion too.
Congratulations also go out to Emily Stephens of Mt. Spokane (WA) and Jag Ashtiani of Coeur d’ Alene Charter (ID) for winning the inaugural Varsity and JV Eastern Washington History Bee titles, and to Sean Bright of Southern Fulton and Nick Silveri of Homer-Center for their Varsity and JV victories in our inaugural Western Pennsylvania History Bee. Across the pond, 9th grader Sam Kuster of the American School of Paris defended his Varsity History Bee of France title, while Vikram Prasad of the American School of London took the Chunnel to arrive in time to win the JV History Bee of France.
Congratulations to all our January champions and National Championship qualifiers! Don’t forget that unlike at our Regional and State tournaments, advanced registration for History Bee Nationals is required on our website here. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA on Sunday, April 28 when hundreds of America’s top history students compete for the title of National History Bee National Champion!
National History Bee Finishes its 2012 Tournaments and Anticipates a Busy 2013!
Dec. 19, 2012 – The National History Bee finished its tournaments for the 2012 calendar year on December 15, with tournaments in New York, Ohio, Idaho, and California. Now, it’s on to the busiest stretch of tournaments in our own history – with nearly 70 tournaments scheduled for January-March 2013! Congratulations to everyone who was a champion or a nationals qualifier in 2012 – there are lots more chances for everyone to compete, qualify, and win in 2013 – just click on the State Bee Sites link or the dots on the map to find the tournament nearest you.
So far, it’s been a great tournament season with lots of outstanding performances, tight finishes, and exciting matches. Jonathan Lam (Escobar, CA), Jason Fern (Athens Academy, GA), Alec Vulfson (Irvington, NY), and Danny Lopez (Ransom Everglades, FL) are just a few of the Varsity competitors so far who appear to be able to go far at Nationals, along with David Kramer from Solon, OH – our first two time winner this year!
In the Junior Varsity division, Nirav Ilango (Chattahoochee, GA), Rohan Kodialam (High Tech, NJ), and Sam Quillen (Hingham, MA) put down particularly impressive wins, but it was only the captain of the defending JV National Champion History Bowl team, Sam Blizzard of Northmont, OH, who managed to put up a perfect score of 39 in the prelim rounds for either the Varsity or JV division!
On January 1, the National History Bee’s high school operations will be officially moving to Washington, DC where we’ll be focusing on getting ready for a great National Championships on April 28, in Arlington, VA. We’ll be maintaining our contact address in Tenafly, NJ for the remainder of the school year, though. If you have read or played at NHBB tournaments before and are interested in helping us staff our National Championships, please let us know! Happy holidays and best wishes for a historic 2013 from all of us at The National History Bee!
North, Central, and South Florida History Bees held on November 10; WA, NJ, GA, and PA to follow on 11/17.
On November 10, three National History Bee regional tournaments took place simultaneously across the state of Florida at Spruce Creek HS in Port Orange (North Florida), Shorecrest Prep in St. Petersburg (Central Florida), and Archimedean Upper Conservatory in Miami (South Florida). Congratulations to our newest champions (Varsity, then JV for all sites): Danny Lopez and Alex Petros, both of Ransom Everglades School in South Florida; Francis Migliore of Berkeley Prep and Kyle Murphy of Shorecrest in Central Florida; and Krishnan Sethumadhavan of Seminole and Sindee Lee of Stanton in North Florida! Congratulations as well to everyone who qualified for Nationals, and thanks to Archimedean, Shorecrest, and Spruce Creek for hosting!
Next up are Western Washington, S Georgia, S New Jersey and N Pennsylvania on 11/17 before NHBB takes the weekend of 11/24 off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Turkey Day from NHBB!
2012-2013 National History Bee Tournament Season Underway
The National History Bee has kicked off its third season of high school History Bee tournaments over the past two weekends. On October 20, we had our first tournament of the year in Southwest Virginia at Blacksburg High School. James Cole of Cave Spring High School took home the Varsity History Bee championship and Tigran Asryan of Blacksburg triumphed in the JV. Then, on October 27, Jason Fern of Athens Academy (pictured), the reigning Georgia History Bee State Champion added the title of Eastern Georgia History Bee champion to his resume. Nirav Ilango of Chattahoochee High School – and like Fern, a National Finalist from last year – won the Eastern Georgia JV History Bee. Meanwhile, on the same day in Northeast Ohio, David Kramer of Solon High School (yet another National Finalist from 2011-2012) won the Varsity Bee while George Clark of Sebring McKinley won the Junior Varsity crown.
Next up are three tournaments in North, Central, and South Florida – all on Saturday, November 10. If you’re in the Sunshine state, don’t miss out! The week after that on Nov. 17, NHBB will be holding tournaments in Southern Georgia, Washington State, Northeast Pennsylvania, and Southern New Jersey (which should hopefully be dry by then…). For a complete listing of tournaments, click on the Regional and State Bee Sites tab on the left. Good luck at whichever tournament(s) you’ll be competing in!
United States Geography Challenge Debuts this Year at All NHBB Tournament Sites!
(Oct. 20, 2012) The National History Bee and Bowl has helped to foster history education in a fun and exciting way over its first two years. For this school year, we’re now pleased to also help a new competition, The United States Geography Challenge, promote geography education as well. If you competed in the National Geographic Bee while in middle school, this is a way for you to hone your geography skills and put them back to good use! If you didn’t compete in that but have an interest in geography, the USGC is for you too!
At each of NHBB’s regional and state tournament sites around the USA this year, students will have the opportunity to take the USGC Regional Qualifying Exam during the lunch break. Students who score in the top half, either at their site, or nationally, are then welcome to compete in the USGC National Championships, which will be held on Friday evening, April 26, 2013 – at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. If that sounds familiar, it’s because that’s also the weekend and host hotel for NHBB’s National Championships next spring, so anyone who is planning on coming to NHBB’s Nationals, has qualified, and can arrive early enough (i.e. by 4:30) on Friday evening, can then also compete in the USGC National Championships too.
The top 4 Varsity (defined as born before July 1, 1997) students at Nationals are then intended to become the first ever Team USA at the 2013 International Geography Olympiad in Kyoto, Japan next summer. For younger students, including anyone still in middle school who would like to try it, there’s a separate JV Division for both the Regional Qualifying Exam and the National Championships. One of the components of the National Championships will be a geography quiz tournament, with questions provided by HSAPQ, the official provider of NHBB. For more information on the US Geography Challenge, please see www.usgeochallenge.com or email email@example.com Good Luck!
Middle & Elementary School Division Undergoes Major Expansion for 2012-2013 School Year!
(Oct. 1, 2012) The National History Bee is pleased to report that its Middle School Division has undergone a major expansion over the summer, and we are looking forward to welcoming thousands of new participants for the 2012-2013 school year. Major changes include a new website at www.historybee.com (as you can tell, the High School website is now at www.hs.historybee.com), new changes in the eligibility requirements to permit elementary school students and homeschooled students to compete, and a new Director of Elementary and Middle School Operations – Mr. Eric Huff. Eric was formerly one of America’s top quizbowl coaches and tournament directors at Dorman High School in Roebuck, South Carolina, and also the recipient of the 2009 Benjamin Cooper Memorial Academic Ambassador Award for his contributions to fostering academic competition throughout the USA.
Middle school students are still welcome to compete in the Junior Varsity Division of our high school tournaments, and they are also actively encouraged to take part in the National History Bowl, on teams with other students from their schools. For a further explanation of how middle schools can participate, please see “Info for Middle Schoolers” on the left. If you have any remaining questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck to all students competing in The National History Bee this school year!
National Championships Coming Up this Sunday!
April 24, 2012 – The Regionals are completely finished, the Nationals registration deadline has passed, so now all that remains is to study, study, and study in advance of the 2012 National History Bee National Championships! On this coming Sunday, April 29, The 2012 National Championships of The National History Bee will be contested at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA and at Mount Vernon in the afternoon. Roughly 160 Varsity and 140 JV students are signed up to compete – the top 20 Varsity and top 10 JV students will get the chance to compete at Mount Vernon in the final rounds. More information will be relayed to participating moderators, students and schools this week regarding format, rules, and times of matches, but we recommend that all participants assemble between 7:10 and 7:25 in the Grand Ballroom. From 7:30-7:45, a brief introductory meeting will be held, with matches expected to begin at 8:05. Round 1 will be at 8:05, Round 2 will be at 8:48, Round 3 will be at 9:31, Round 4 will be at 10:14, Round 5 will be at 10:57 and Round 6 will be at 11:40. From 12:00-12:20, scores will be tallied, from 12:30 – 12:35, tiebreakers will be broken, and at 12:45, buses will leave for Mount Vernon. Teams are suggested to get lunch at 12:00-12:30, and teams will also need to be checked out of rooms before Round 1 begins. Students are required to check in in advance; this may be done on Friday during Bowl check in, on Saturday at any time, or on Sunday until 7:30am. Please, however, do this as soon as you can (avoid Sunday check in if you can at all manage it). For those who are interested, a Consolation Bee will also be held on Sunday, though this will only consist of the middle four rounds, and will run on a slightly different timeframe. More information on the Consolation Bee will go out this week too; signups for the Consolation Bee will be available on Friday, April 27. The cost will be $40. The Consolation Bee is open to anyone who did not qualify for the National Championships; it is not open to those who qualified but chose not to compete in the National Championships. For more information on Nationals, please email greg at historybowl dot com. See you there and good luck!
Regionals Nearly Complete – National Championships Are Approaching!
With 60 regional qualifying tournaments now complete, The National History Bee is beginning to gear up for its second annual National Championships in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia on the weekend of April 27-29, 2012! We’ve had a tremendous second year, which has seen more than double the number of students compete around the world, from Guam to Miami, Idaho to Rome, New Hampshire to Shanghai, and everywhere in between. We’re expecting between 300-400 students to compete at our National Championships in both the Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions; if you’ve qualified, we hope you’ll be able to join us! Details on all aspects of Nationals, including registration, and a list of registered teams can be found on the tabs to the left. Don’t overlook the events on Friday evening – we’re inaugurating the National Sports History Bee and National Entertainment History Bee – which are even open to teachers, coaches, and parents! For any questions pertaining to our National Championships, please email NHBB Executive Director, David Madden at email@example.com. See you there! A list of tournament winners is maintained under “State Bee Results” – congratulations to all champions and Nationals qualifiers! Special mentions go out to the following students: 1. Sam from the American School of Paris and Isabella Contolini of Jefferson County Virtual Academy (CO) made history as 8th graders who have won high school Varsity Bees this year! 2. Alex Frey of St. Joseph’s of Metuchen (NJ) who as of March 25 has been the only student at any of our tournaments this year to score a perfect 39 in the prelim rounds! This took place at the NJ State Championships, where Alex defended his state title for the second year in a row. 3. Cole Press of Ransom Everglades (FL – Varsity), Skyler Cantrell of Menifee County (KY – JV), Sathya Ramesh of Rancho Bernardo (CA – JV), and last year’s National Champion, Mark Arildsen of University School of Nashville (TN – Varsity) for being the only winners of two separate History Bees this year.
Partnership with The National History Club
January 24, 2012 – The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to announce an outreach partnership with The National History Club. If you’ve enjoyed playing at NHBB tournaments, why don’t you take the next step and transform your team members into the newest National History Club chapter! You’ll become a part of a fast growing movement that like NHBB is seeking to help promote history education throughout the USA. According to Bob Nasson, National History Club, Executive Director: “The National History Club Inc. (NHC) inspires students and teachers to start history club chapters at high schools, middle schools, and within other student and community programs. Members of local history club chapters participate in local and national programs, and create their own projects and activities. The NHC also provides chapters with resources and services that will help them increase the activity and impact of their history club. To date, the NHC has founded history club chapters at high schools and middle schools in 43 states, and there are over 12,000 student members. To find our more information on how to form a history club and join the NHC please visit: www.nationalhistoryclub.org
Happy New Year! The Heart of NHBB Tournament Season Is Here!
January 1, 2012 – With the new year upon us, the next three months will see the vast majority of this school year’s Regional and State High School History Bees take place. Nearly 60 sites are scheduled across the USA, and eight tournaments are planned for overseas – six in Europe and two in Asia! Check out www.nhbbeurope.com and www.nhbbasia.comfor more information. Our tournaments have been going great so far this year. Ten tournaments have been held, including our inaugural tournaments in Hawaii and Guam! NHBB Executive Director David Madden directed our inaugural Pacific island tournaments in December – look for Ken-Ben Chao and Kenneth Lee, the Hawaii Varsity and JV History Bee Champions, from ‘Iolani School in Honolulu at our National Championships in April! Stats are now up for all tournaments held so far – check out our list of champions, and peruse the scores under “State Bee Results” on your left. Finally, we’d also like to extend a welcome to Nick Clusserath who has just been promoted to Assistant Executive Director and assumed full-time status. That brings our full-time staff to 4 – and we expect to add to that number in the future to allow us to continue to grow. Nick will especially be focusing on helping our Middle School Competition grow – 33 Regional Bees will be held between Jan. 13 and March 16, with the winners getting a trip to DC to appear on HISTORY in our National Championships! Thanks for your support of NHBB and good luck to all teams competing over the next few months!
Congratulations to Mark Arildsen of University School of Nashville (TN) and Sameer Rai of Bellarmine College Preparatory of San Jose (CA), your inaugural year 2011 Varsity and JV National History Bee Champions!
The National History Bee is gearing up for a big expansion in our second year!
The National History Bee is pleased to announce that we are planning on adding up to 50+ NEW sites around the country, and even the world, so that thousands more students have a chance to compete. Tournaments will begin in October 2011, and continue through late March 2012. Those finishing in the top third of their division at any tournament qualify for our National Championships next Sunday, April 29 in Arlington, VA and Mount Vernon. And with three separate question sets in use, you can have up to three chances to qualify. Good luck to all, and check back here for all the latest!
New Sponsor, New Feature, New Nationals Info
Bee Season in High Gear – 18 New Champions Crowned Over the Last 3 Saturdays!
Congratulations to a slew of National History Bee State Champions over the last three weeks. Any recounting of the new champions has to start with Brad Cantrell of Johnson Central in KY and JR Roach of Maggie Walker in VA who became the 2nd and 3rd students nationwide with perfect prelim scores of 39. Our other new Varsity champions include Cole Press of South Florida powerhouse Ransom Everglades, Noah Rubin of Guilderland High School in the Upper Hudson Valley Region of NY, Austin Wilder who prevailed over a very tight MN field, Ross Terry of Starr’s Mill in Georgia, Peter DeBlasi of North Babylon on Long Island, Andrew van Duyn of Culver Academies in Indiana, and Dylan Randolph of Fulton High School in Central Missouri. Our new JV champions are Daniel Lopez, also of Ransom Everglades in Florida, Jack O’Brien of Queensbury in Upstate New York, rising star Arthur Ramsey of Half Hollow Hills West on Long Island, Chris Miller of Woodgrove – who prevented a Maggie Walker sweep of the 4 titles on offer at the VA History Bee and Bowl, James Wang of Eden Prairie in MN, Alec Jones of Apalachee High School in Georgia, and Bess Goodfellow of Rock Bridge in Missouri. Special mention goes out to Indiana History Bee champion, Mason Hill, of the Sayre School in Lexington, Kentucky, who after driving six hours to compete dominated the JV field, and due to the format being used in Indiana, came within one question of winning the Varsity competition too. Congratulations to all of you, and everyone else who turned in fine performances over the last three weeks! We look forward to seeing you battle in out on April 17 in Washington, DC and Mount Vernon for the National Championships!
The National History Bee and Bowl Is Pleased to Welcome Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a New Sponsor!
History Made in West Virginia – Nick Brumfield “39s” the Bee! History Made in Texas – Sophomore Mickey Gioia wins Varsity History Bee! History Made in Ohio – 8th grader Sam Blizzard wins JV! Bellarmine dominates California: Phil Yakushev and Sameer Rai win Varsity and JV. Brandon Williams wins Ohio History Bee in the Varsity, Carlos Molina takes Texas JV, Alex McDonald wins WV JV.
(Feb. 26) Our apologies for an overdue response to an historic feat in West Virginia: Nick Brumfield of Parkersburg became the first student ever with a perfect score of 39 in the preliminary rounds of the Bee en route to a dominating victory whereby he established himself as a National favorite. Alex McDonald of Charleston Catholic captured the JV title in West Virginia, thus preventing a Parkersburg sweep of the Bee and Bowl. Then, over the last two weeks, three exciting state History Bees – in California and Ohio on Feb. 12 and Texas on Feb. 19 – were held with scores of students taking part and having a great time. Among the myriad excellent performances, two are of special note. In Texas, sophomore Mickey Gioia of Shepton High School could have opted to compete in the Junior Varsity division. But in the end, it was the other Varsity players who wished that he had, as Mickey impressively dominated the playoff portion of the Bee to become the first ever sophomore to win a Varsity level History Bee! Similarly, in Ohio, Sam Blizzard of Northmont took full advantage of our new rule allowing middle school students to compete by dominating every aspect of the Junior Varsity Bee, including a 5-0 victory in the final playoff round. Might Sam try to become the first player ever to win a Varsity Bee as a freshman next year? More immediately, we hope that Sam, Mickey, and all the students who qualified, especially Ohio Varsity Champion Brandon Williams, also of Northmont (our Bowl winner in Ohio as well), Texas JV Champion Carlos Molina of Jasper, and the impressive Bellarmine duo of Phil Yakushev and Sameer Rai will be able to join us in Washington in April at our National Finals. Congratulations all around!
Aojia Zhao, Mike DeAngelo, and Joe Brosch win Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Delaware History Bees! Reid Black, Greg Cajka, and Joe Kiernan win Junior Varsity Divisions in MO, PA, and DE as well.
Ryan Rosenberg of Ardsley High School Wins First Ever State History Bee! Jordan Stein of Horace Greeley High School is JV Bee Champion.
(November 29) In the first ever National History Bee tournament, Ryan Rosenberg of Ardsley High School prevailed over a strong field, winning 5-4 in the final portion over Rishab Guha of Horace Greeley High School. Rishab had closed a 4-1 gap to 4-4, but then Ryan was able to get to 5 questions correct first, thus winning the New York State History Bee for the Lower Hudson Valley Region. In the Junior Varsity Division, Jordan Stein won a 5-0 final over Alec Vulfson of Irvington. Jordan and Alec were clearly the strongest 9th and 10th grade students in the field, both amassing 24 points in the preliminaries. Though the format was brand new, the Bee ran very smoothly and students who competed had a great time. We hope to see all who qualified come to the National Championships in Washington DC next April 17!
|(November 9) The National History Bee and Bowl now has 24 confirmed tournament dates for its inaugural year. We anticipate ending up with about 35-40. All tournament sites must be finalized by November 29, so if you have an interest in bringing a National History Bee and Bowl State Tournament to your area for the 2010-2011 academic year, please email Executive Director David Madden (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. Meanwhile, our first ever State Tournament (New York – Lower Hudson Valley Region) is just 11 days away!|
|(October 13) The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to announce that Gaius Stern, a professor of history at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University is the newest member of the Board of Advisors. Professor Stern has been the driving force behind high school academic competition in Northern California for years, and is the founder and Director of BAAL (the Bay Area Academic League). He has been active in the world of quiz bowl for over 25 years and brings a wealth of experience and nous to the National History Bee and Bowl.|
|(October 4) The National History Bee and Bowl welcomes two new Assistant Directors to its staff in October 2010, Greg Bossick and Nick Clusserath. Both Greg and Nick have been active members of the quiz bowl world for years and both bring a wealth of experience in question writing, tournament directing, and handling pre-tournament logistics. Greg is based out of Youngstown, Ohio where he directs the pyramidal question-based Mahoning County Quizbowl League although he helps out routinely at tournaments throughout the country. Nick is an alum of Dorman High School in South Carolina, one of the perennially strongest teams of the country, and is now a student at Rutgers Law School. Greg and Nick will be assisting the National History Bee and Bowl in all respects and will be directing many of the state tournaments throughout the country. Their participation will help to ensure that the National History Bee and Bowl can run as many tournaments as possible in the early months of 2011, so that we can ensure as many teams as possible can compete around the country and have a chance to qualify for the National Championships next April 15 and 16 in Washington, D.C.|
3 New Advisory Board Members Named
(August 7) The National History Bee and Bowl is proud to welcome three new members of its Board of Advisors. Rohit Prakash is a former high school quiz bowl standout and college history instructor who is currently working on a PhD in economics at Cambridge and working for the Royal Bank of Scotland. He will be advising on matters of question development and strategic planning. Retired US Air Force Colonel and Commander of Nellis AFB Dave Belote will be advising the NHBB on matters relating to military history, including helping to develop a partnership for question development with the USAF’s Office of the Historian. Bob Harris is a television and travel writer and an author of four books, including Prisoner of Trebekistan, who will be advising on matters of creative content and media relations. Look for all three new Advisory Board members at various tournaments (you’ll find Bob on the West Coast, Dave on the East Coast, and Rohit in Paris) and it should also be mentioned that Bob and Dave are former 5 time standout champions on Jeopardy!
|(July 24) Ambassador Jack F. Matlock Jr., the former American ambassador to the Soviet Union and historian of the Cold War is the new Honorary Chair of the Board of Advisors and will be the keynote speaker at the National Championships for the National History Bee and Bowl next April in Washington, D.C.|
|(July 18) The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to announce the formation of a partnership with the Fisher House Foundation, one of America’s leading veterans’ charities. Please click on the “Outreach” tab for more information about how the National History Bee and Bowl will be helping to promote the great work done by the Fisher House Foundation on behalf of America’s veterans.|
Over 330 students from around the world are competing for the title of N