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2014 Nationals History Bowl Draws: Varsity History Bowl | JV History Bowl
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Welcome to the website of The National History Bowl, a history quiz competition for teams of students throughout the USA! Founded in 2010, The National History Bowl 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 our tournaments. 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 Bowl, director@historybowl.com

Regional & State Bowl Sites

Congratulations to our 2014 National Champions!
Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy (High School Varsity – Austin, TX)
Westview High School (High School Junior Varsity – Portland, OR)
Beachwood High School (Varsity Small School – Beachwood, OH)
Advanced Math and Science Academy (Junior Varsity Small School – Marlborough, MA)

Latest News – Last Updated on July 7, 2014

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 of the month – check www.ihbbglobal.com for the latest. In other news, NHBB is pleased to welcome Bunnie Hadsall as a full-time staff member. 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, Vietnam – 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 2014 National Champions!!!
Liberal Arts & Sciences Academy (Austin, TX) – Varsity
Westview High School (Portland, OR) – Junior Varsity
Beachwood High School (Beachwood, OH) – Varsity Small School
Advanced Math & Science Academy (Marlborough, MA) – Junior Varsity Small School

(Washington, DC) The National History Bowl has just concluded its fourth annual National Championships, which were held on April 26-27 in Arlington, Virginia and at various host sites throughout the Washington, DC metro area. 216 teams from across the country competed over 15 rounds of competition. The champions in the Varsity division were the Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy (LASA) of Austin, Texas. Coached by Jason Flowers, the team consisted of Ben Jones, Alex Denko, John DiCarlo, and tournament MVP Nate Weiser. LASA had previously finished second in 2013 and tied for third in 2012 before finally capturing the National History Bowl title this year. Saratoga High School in Saratoga, CA finished as runner up, while last year’s champion, Bellarmine College Prep of San Jose, CA and the Illinois Math and Science Academy team from Aurora, IL took the semifinalist honors.
Beachwood High School of Beachwood, Ohio won the Small School Division outright, as the only small school team to make the playoffs, while Alex Oltarsh of Team TriBeCa was the top solo team in the 132-team Varsity field, making the Octofinals.
In the Junior Varsity Division, Westview High School of Portland, Oregon won over Farragut High School of Farragut, TN in the finals. A number of the Westview team members (consisting of Jonathan Tran, Nishit Mishra, Priyansh Sharma, and Shouvik Deb, and coached by Alex Tran) had previously been on the team that won the Middle School National History Bowl in 2013, so their success continues at the high school level. The Advanced Math and Sciences Academy was the Junior Varsity Small School Champion, while Pratham Chhabria of Team Pseudonymous Institution was the top JV solo team, and Bethlehem Middle School of Bethlehem, NY was the highest placing middle school team.
Full results are available through the links to Nationals information, while a number of the matches and interviews with players can be found on the National History Bowl Youtube channel.
NHBB would like to thank our tournament sponsors, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and History (commonly known as the History Channel), all of our host sites in and around Washington, DC and Arlington, VA, our staff who makes the tournament happen, and all the students, coaches, parents, and supporters who came to compete at Nationals or helped those who did. Thanks for an incredible weekend of competition, and we’ll see you next year on April 24-26, 2015!

Welcome to Nationals!

(Arlington, VA – April 25, 2014) 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 Closes for Varsity – JV & Waitlist Still Open! 216 Teams Total Will Compete.

(Lyon, France, April 10) The 2014 National History Bowl National Championships has now confirmed its Varsity and Junior Varsity field sizes at 132 Varsity and 84 Junior Varsity teams. The Varsity draw is now closed, as 132 teams have signed up. If you wish to be added to the wait list (for anyone who qualified), or be listed as a standby team (for those schools already coming to Nationals, or within a 90 minute drive of Arlington, VA – standby teams are those who may be called up to the morning of the event to compete) please contact director@historybowl.com as soon as possible.
For the Junior Varsity, division, however, as of the time of this post (5am Eastern time on April 10), we are currently still seeking 3 Junior Varsity teams. If teams who have qualified contact us, we will add them through noon on Saturday in the order we receive their interest in registering. Otherwise, teams who competed this year, but did not qualify, are welcome to submit a wild card bid. We will evaluate all wild card bids (priority is given to teams who came close to qualifying, had minimal chances to compete this year, and to teams of 3 or more students) received by noon on Saturday. Thereafter, we will open the JV draw to all on a first come, first served basis. We expect the draw will be filled by Sunday, so don’t delay!  Finally, if you haven’t yet done so, this is also your last chance to sign up for the National History Bee, US Geography Olympiad, and US History Bee – the registration period for all closes at 11:59 EDT on Tuesday, April 15. And don’t forget to make your hotel reservations – rooms at the Crystal Gateway Marriott are almost sold out! For any questions, please contact director@historybowl.com Thanks to all who have registered for Nationals and good luck!

National Championships Registration Deadline Approaching on April 7!

(On Amtrak, from NJ to Washington, March 31) The National History Bowl is getting set for its fourth annual National Championships in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA on April 26-27. We’re currently projecting a final combined number of teams at either 210, 216, 222, or 228 (because of the way our draw works, it must be a multiple of 6), but in any case, it appears it will be our largest National Championships to date! While over 170 teams are currently signed up as of March 31, we know of dozens of other teams who are planning on attending, and are certain that there are others who are looking to attend, but have not signed up or given us indication they will do so. Please note that we are certain to close the National Championships draw on April 7! We will only take additional teams after that date if needed to reach the next multiple of 6 in both the Varsity and Junior Varsity division to make the draw work. Please sign up as soon as you can once you know you will be attending! Likewise, don’t forget to sign up for the National History Bee, 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 teams 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 director@historybowl.com Best of luck with your preparations!

Regionals Almost Finished – Nationals Registration Numbers Increasing Every Day!

hattahoochee High School defended their Varsity Georgia State History Bowl title on March 9

Chattahoochee High School defended their Varsity Georgia State History Bowl title on March 9

(Washington, March 13) The National History Bowl is nearing the end of its fourth year of 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 100 teams are expected to still register in the next three weeks. As soon as you know that you’ll be able to join us, go ahead and sign up. Once your team is registered, you can see it listed on the “Teams Coming To Nationals” page within 24 hours of signing 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!

11 Tournaments Run on Feb. 8; Dozens More to Follow Soon!

Caption for Photo: Skyview's D Team (Allie Wolverton, Madison Walter, Micheal Carroll, and Grace Debore) Took The JV Montana History Bowl Title in Billings on February 8

Skyview’s D Team (Allie Wolverton, Madison Walter, Micheal Carroll, and Grace Debore) Took The JV Montana History Bowl Title in Billings on February 8

February is here – the busiest month in the annual National History Bee and Bowl Calendar! On February 8, the busiest day of the school year took place with eleven tournaments running simultaneously around the USA from Southern Georgia to Montana and everywhere in between. We even managed to run the weather gauntlet with no tournaments being cancelled due to ice or snow – which has obviously been a concern with the harsh winter around the USA this year. Highlights included Lexington winning an exciting Massachusetts tournament, which also featured the first international school (British School of Boston) to compete at a US event; our first Michigan tournament in two years at Detroit Catholic; another victory for JV National Champions, Northmont, in Western Ohio; and the first time we’ve held a second tournament in a school year in Arizona.

Additionally, Geraldine Stevens and Chris Cronin, representatives from our chief sponsor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, attended the Illinois and Massachusetts Championships to see the competition, and to meet students and coaches. A big thank you to HMH for their continued support! Finally, as you can see through the tab on the left, teams are starting to sign up for our National Championships. If you’ve qualified and can join us, go ahead and sign up as soon as you can! And don’t forget to register for the roughly 45 remaining tournaments between now and the end of March too. Good luck as your regional, state, and national tournaments approach!

National History Bowl Begins Its Busiest Three Months Ever!

Pleasant Valley A - Quad Cities Varsity History Bowl Champions in Davenport, Iowa on Jan. 11

Pleasant Valley A – Quad Cities Varsity History Bowl Champions in Davenport, Iowa on Jan. 11

From January 11 through March 22, roughly 75 History Bowls will be taking place throughout the USA! NHBB began its 2014 with tournaments in Kentucky, California, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Florida on January 11. Northmont (OH) showed why its a national title contender by winning the Western Kentucky Varsity tournament, while Southwestern won the JV. Ransom Everglades picked up its 7th Varsity and JV titles out of 8 tournaments in South Florida NHBB history. In Pennsylvania, Chartiers Valley won in their debut NHBB performance, and signed up for Nationals two days later – we’ll see you in DC! Allderdice won the JV over the Alagar homeschool crew, who dominated the JV Bee. In California, Arcadia took the Varsity title while Whitney triumphed in the JV. And in Iowa, Pleasant Valley A (pictured) pulled the rare trick of going 1-3 in the prelims, but then winning both their playoff matches in dramatic fashion to win the Varsity (and the JV as well).

There’s a tournament in the next ten weeks within a two hour drive of over 90% of the US population, so we hope you and your team can join us too! Register through the link on the left side of the page – and if you’ve qualified for Nationals, go ahead and register for that as well. Good luck in 2014!

National Championships Registration Now Open!

Happy Holidays from The National History Bowl! We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our fourth annual National Championships on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, 2014 in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA. All teams who have qualified are welcome to register from now until the end of March – see the Nationals Registration tab. We are expecting 200-225 teams for an incredible weekend of history quiz 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 $555 for a team of 3+ students (there are no limits on team size at Nationals), $370 for a team of 2 students, and $185 for an intrepid solo team. Please note that there is no requirement to bring a reader, but teams who do may obtain substantial discounts. Buzzer discounts and discounts for host schools are also available. Finally, don’t forget to register for the National Championships of the National History Bee, the US Geography Olympiad, and the US History Bee as well. If you have any further questions, contact NHBB at director@historybowl.com. Hope to see you and your team at Nationals this spring!

National History Bee and Bowl Announces Partnership with Texas Quiz Bowl Alliance

tx(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.org/history-bowl/

Congratulations to Rancho Bernardo High School – Champions of the San Diego History Bowl – our first tournament of the 2013-14 Season!

Rancho Bernardo, the 2013 San Diego History Bowl Champions, with Tournament Director David Madden, and their Sacher Torte and plaque.

Rancho Bernardo, the 2013 San Diego History Bowl Champions, with Tournament Director David Madden, and their Sacher Torte and plaque.

NHBB’s fourth season is officially off and running! On Sunday, October 13 at Westview High School in San Diego, 11 teams came together for the inaugural San Diego History Bee and Bowl. The two-man team of Sathya Ramesh and Charles Neumann from Rancho Bernardo High School came away with the champion’s title; though not without high drama along the way. Rancho Bernardo started the day 2-3 in the prelims, but then stormed back in the playoffs to defeat the top 3 seeds in succession. In addition to the usual plaque, Rancho Bernardo also won a Sacher Torte, an Austrian delicacy that tournament director David Madden had brought back from a recent visit to Vienna. This prompted the question “Is it food?” from the otherwise highly erudite Rancho Bernardo duo. Team Los Angeles County was our Finalist, and North Hollywood and Westview A made the semis. Thanks to Westview High School for hosting and to all who attended!

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.historybowl.com/registration today to make sure your team gets in on a tournament near you!

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 #9 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 director@historybowl.com. Thanks for your cooperation and timely payments for all events!

Gateway College in Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka Provides Practice History Quizzes to NHBB

At Gateway College, questions were presented via slides. They’ll get to try it with buzzers at our tournament there next February.

At Gateway College, questions were presented via slides. They’ll get to try it with buzzers at our tournament there next February.

Intramural History Quiz 2013 – Gateway College, Sri Lanka
Questions from the Sri Lankan Interschool Quiz Competition 2013

(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

IHBB Executive Directors David and Nolwenn Madden are currently introducing the International History Bee and Bowl to Malaysia

IHBB Executive Directors David and Nolwenn Madden are currently introducing the International History Bee and Bowl to Malaysia

(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 Bowl!

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.

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. We will also be including information on the elementary and middle school division of the National History Bowl on a separate website. This will be ready in September, and registration for all levels of the National History Bowl for the 2013-2014 school year will open in September as well.

For further questions on the high school division of either the National History Bee or the National History Bowl, please email director@historybowl.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 info@historybee.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

A full press release on the 2013 National Quizbowl Awards is available for download and distribution here.

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