Welcome to the website of The National History Bee – High School Competition! Founded in 2010, The National History Bee is getting set for its fifth 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 2015. For the 2014-15 school year, we expect to offer 100-115 standard Regional and State tournaments at the high school level throughout the USA. In addition, we will oversee an additional 25-40 US History Bee Regional tournaments, over 40 elementary and middle school level tournaments, and we are looking forward to organizing the inaugural International History Olympiad in the summer of 2015. Please explore our website and learn how you can take part in the Bee. Good luck in the 2014-2015 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 2014 National Champions!
Jonathan Leidenheimer – George Marshall High School, Falls Church, VA – Varsity
Daniel Yan – Farragut High School, Farragut, TN – Junior Varsity
Latest News – Last Updated on August 26, 2014
Welcome to the Fifth Year of The National History Bee and Bowl!
(Rhodes, Greece – August 26, 2014) Welcome to the fifth anniversary year of The National History Bee and Bowl! At the high school level, we’re gearing up for our biggest and best competition year to date. Aside from over 100 Regional and State level tournaments, at all of which you and your team can qualify for our National Championships, we’re going to be expanding the US History Bee, which debuted last school year, greatly expanding our outreach efforts, and most important of all – launching the inaugural International History Olympiad from July 9-15, 2015 at the College of William and Mary in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. Hundreds of students have already qualified for the Olympiad through their performances at our 2014 National Championships, but everyone will get another shot at our 2015 National Championshpis, to be held on Friday-Sunday, April 24-26, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia and Washington, DC.
Additionally, we are in the process of redesigning our websites (including consolidating the High School Bee and Bowl websites into one), and we expect our new website to go online in early October, so be on the lookout for that. As always, have a look on the website for information on tournaments which are updated on a continual basis as tournaments get scheduled and registrations come in. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Good luck in the 2014-15 competition year, and we hope to see you at one of our many tournaments soon!
Happy Summer from NHBB!
(Montreal – July 7, 2014) Happy summer from The National History Bee and Bowl! While this is our traditional “off-season”, everyone at NHBB is still hard at work preparing for next year’s competitions. We expect to have an update on the International History Olympiad, which will debut in July 2015, available by the end
Based out of Arizona, Bunnie brings years of experience in quiz bowl and academic competition to NHBB. She will focus on a number of projects in 2014-15, including helping to coordinate our regional tournaments, overseeing our expansion to Canada, and assisting with our middle school History Bowl tournaments. Also, Matt Weiner, perhaps the top writer for history quizbowl questions in the country, will now be in charge of question production for our tournaments. Other NHBB staff members will assist with writing and editing at times. Lastly, if you’re interested, Eric Xu, the 3rd place winner in the Varsity National History Bee last April and the 2014 National Quizbowl Player of the Year interviewed NHBB Executive Director, David Madden. If you’re interested in hearing about NHBB’s own history and more on our plans for the future, you can listen to the full podcast of the interview here.
We’ll be updating the website with the first scheduled tournaments for 2014-15 by the end of July, and we expect to have a new version of the website ready to launch by the end of September. We hope that you and your team are likewise using the off-season to prepare for another exciting new year of The National History Bee and Bowl. Enjoy your summer, and we’ll see you in the fall!
Congratulations to the 2014 National Quizbowl Award Winners!
(Hanoi – June 18, 2014) For the third successive year, The National History Bee and Bowl has been privileged to sponsor the National Quizbowl Awards, which were distributed at the National All Star Academic Tournament held in Columbus, OH on Sunday, June 15. These awards are given out to the best all-subject quizbowl players in the country, though performance at NHBB events is certainly taken into account.
The National High School Player of the Year was Eric Xu of Western Albemarle High School in Crozet, VA; earlier, Eric had finished in third place in the National History Bee. One of the other four National A Team Players was Nathan Weiser of the Liberal Arts & Sciences Academy of Austin, TX who finished as the MVP at the National History Bowl National Championships en route to a first place finish. LASA Coach Jason Flowers was named High School Coach of the Year, after leading his team to titles at the National History Bowl, NAQT High School National Championship Tournament, and the PACE National Scholastics Championship.
Other winners included Middle School Player of the Year, William Golden, and his father, Michael Golden, as the Middle School Coach of the Year – both of Harmony School of Excellence in Houston, TX. LASA players Ethan Russo and Corin Wagen tied for National 10th Grade Player of the Year while Shub Mehta of Dorman High School in Roebuck, SC was the National 9th Grade Player of the Year. Ben Zhang of Ladue Horton Watkins High School in Ladue, MO; Sam Blizzard of Northmont High School in Clayton, OH; and Carlo De Guzman of St. John’s School in Houston, TX joined Eric and Nathan on the National A Team as well. Congratulations to all the recipients on their success!
Congratulations to our new National Champions – Jonathan Leidenheimer of George Marshall High School (Falls Church, VA) and Daniel Yan of Farragut High School (Farragut, TN)!
(Washington, DC) The National History Bee has just concluded its fourth annual high school National Championships which were held on Sunday, April 27 in Arlington, VA. Over 330 students from as far away as Saipan took part in six rounds of preliminary and three rounds of playoff competition to determine our National Champions – Jonathan Leidenheimer of George Marshall High School in Falls Church, Virginia and Daniel Yan of Farragut High School in Farragut, Tennessee!
Leidenheimer won an extremely competitive Varsity final as the first to reach twelve points among a group that also included runner up and 2013 champion Sameer Rai of Bellarmine College Preparatory (San Jose, CA), third place finisher Eric Xu of Western Albemarle High School (Crozet, VA), and fourth place finisher Nate Weiser of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy (Austin, TX). For Leidenheimer, the victory was especially sweet, as he had finished as runner up to Rai both in the Junior Varsity division in 2012 and the Varsity division in 2013. Eric Xu was the only junior in the group, so he’ll have another chance in 2015, while Weiser’s Bee finish capped off an incredible afternoon for him, as he was named Most Valuable Player in the National History Bowl, where his team from LASA captured the Varsity National Championship. The final included a number of memorable moments, including Leidenheimer’s exclamation of “Astor! Astor! Astor!” to successfully identify the notable American family, and unmatched camaraderie and sportsmanship for a National Championship, as the four students routinely complimented each other on their impressive buzzes. The final score ran 12-8-7-6 among the four finalists in order of finish.
In the Junior Varsity competition, Yan’s victory came just a few hours after he led his team to a second place finish in the National History Bowl. Chandler Burrows of Rolla Junior-Senior High School in Rolla, KS finished as the runner up, after he had earlier led Rolla to a second place finish in the Small School Junior Varsity History Bowl competition. The JV final ended 12-7 in Yan’s favor. Tennessee is now one of two states (California being the other) to have both a Varsity and JV History Bee National Champion (Mark Arildsen of the University School of Nashville won our inaugural Varsity Bee in 2011).
Videos of our National Championships are available on our new Youtube channel (search under National History Bowl on youtube.com) and copies of the questions used can be found at www.hsapq.com/samples (scroll down until you reach 2014 National History Bee and Bowl Nationals).
We’d like to thank all players who competed for an incredible competition, and to all our readers, scorekeepers, and tournament staff who made our tournament possible. Our planning begins this coming week for the 2014-15 competition year, culminating once again in Arlington, VA at our 5th National Championships on April 26, 2015. See you there!
Welcome to Nationals!
Good Luck to All Students and Teams at our National Championships this weekend! And a big thank you to all our staff, coaches, parents, outreach partners, and everyone else who makes this incredible celebration of history possible. We’re delighted you’re here to join us, and wish you all the best over the next three days! -Your NHBB Nationals Team
National Championships Registration Extended to April 15 at 11:59 pm EDT!
- (Lyon, France, April 10) The National History Bee has extended the registration deadline for its fourth annual High School National Championships until 11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, April 15. This is your last opportunity to sign up – if your registration is not received by then, you will not be able to compete! Likewise, don’t forget to sign up for the US Geography Olympiad, and US History Bee if you have qualified students in those competitions too! The registration period for both of those competitions has also been extended until 11:59 pm EDT on April 15. And don’t forget to make your hotel reservations – rooms at the Crystal Gateway Marriott (the host hotel in Arlington, VA) are almost gone. For any questions, please contact email@example.com Best of luck with your preparations!
National Championships Registration Deadline Approaching!
- (On Amtrak, from NJ to Washington, March 31) The National History Bee is getting set for its fourth annual High School National Championships in Arlington, VA on April 27. While hundreds of students have signed up so far, we know of dozens of others who are planning on attending, but have not signed up or given us indication they will do so. Please sign up as soon as you know you will be attending, but in any case, be certain you’re in by the stated registration deadline of (edit 4/10) April 15! Likewise, don’t forget to sign up for the National History Bowl, US Geography Olympiad, and US History Bee if you have qualified students in those competitions too!
- Further information on our National Championships will be posted and sent to registered students throughout the month of April. Finally, don’t forget to make your hotel reservations – rooms at the Crystal Gateway Marriott are going fast. For any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Best of luck with your preparations!
Regionals Almost Finished – Nationals Registration Numbers Increasing Every Day!
(Washington, March 13) The National History Bee is nearing the end of its fourth year of its high school level Regional and State level tournaments around the USA! March 15 will see eight more tournaments take place, from Florida to Pennsylvania, Wyoming to Ohio and many places in between. Don’t miss your last chance to compete this year if you still have a chance to do so! We’re also getting ready for our fourth National Championships – over 300 students are expected to compete. As soon as you know that you’ll be able to join us, go ahead and sign up. Don’t forget to register for the National History Bowl, US Geography Olympiad, and US History Bee too – registration is available on all those websites. Nationals sign ups will run through April 1. We MAY extend that by a week or so, but sign up as soon as you can!
Finally, check out www.ihbbasia.com for reports on our recently completed IHBB trip to run tournaments throughout East Asia. Only one more Asian tournament remains prior to our Championships in Dubai on April 26. And since we’re getting TV coverage in Dubai (start at the 10 minute mark in the video), we’re expecting a great turnout there too!
National History Bee High Season is Here – Dozens of Bees to Run in February and March!
Happy Presidents’ Day from The National History Bee! We’re now approximately 2/3 of the way done with our State and Regional tournaments, though there are still over thirty competitions scheduled between now and the end of our qualifying tournament calendar. Check the map for tournaments, including any make-up dates due to tournaments needing to be rescheduled after snow and ice storms. Once you’ve qualified, make sure to sign up for Nationals through the link on the left side of the page. Don’t forget that unlike at State and Regional level tournaments, you must register for Nationals online by the end of March. We will be sending out reminder emails to coaches and parents for those who qualified, but you can check your qualifying status under the Results pages. Likewise, information on Nationals is available at the link on the left side as well. And if you’ve qualified in the new US History Bee, don’t forget to sign up for that at www.ushistorybee.org.
Good luck with your remaining State and Regional competitions and hope to see you at Nationals at the end of April!
National History Bee Gears Up for Busy 2014
Some 75 National History Bee high school-level tournaments around the USA await students over the next ten weeks! We’re entering the busiest period ever in our history, and hope that you and your teammates can join us soon. We started 2014 with tournaments in California, Iowa, Florida (pictured), Pennsylvania, and Kentucky on January 11. On January 18, we’re expecting a great turnout at our NJ State Championships and a record turnout for our Upper Hudson tournament. Tournaments will also be taking place in West Virginia, Georgia, and Iowa over the holiday weekend. Keep in mind that our new US History Bee continues to grow too. If you’re looking for another opportunity to compete, check out www.ushistorybee.org. We’re expecting to hold about 30 qualifying tournaments for the US History Bee around the USA in its inaugural year. Contact email@example.com for more information on how to get involved – registration is on the website.
Don’t forget to sign up for Nationals through the link on the left side of the page once you know you’ll be able to join us. We look forward to welcoming you to Nationals in Arlington, Virginia on Sunday, April 27 if you’ve qualified! And if not, then its time to kick your preparation into high gear, so you can be one of the hundreds of competing students taking part. Good luck in 2014 from The National History Bee!
National Championships Registration Now Open!
(Dec. 15, 2013) Happy Holidays from The National History Bee! We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our fourth annual High School National Championships on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. All students who have qualified are welcome to register from now until the end of March – see the Nationals Registration tab. We are expecting roughly 400 students for an amazing competition. Full details are available by clicking on the “Nationals Information” tab on the left side of the page as well. The cost this year is $85 for all students at high school Nationals. Finally, don’t forget to register for the National Championships of the National History Bowl, the US Geography Olympiad, and the US History Bee as well. If you have any further questions, contact NHBB at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you at Nationals this spring!
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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