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The National History Bee and Bowl LLC is delighted to announce the debut of the United States Academic Bee and Bowl, the National Humanities Bee, and the National Science Bee! For the past five years, NHBB has overseen the growth and development of history and geography-themed quiz bowl tournaments throughout the USA, and in over 25 countries around the world. We are delighted now to begin a new chapter in our history by branching out from our base in the social sciences to organize a new nationwide series of all-subject quiz bowl tournaments for both individuals and teams, as well as science and humanities quiz competitions for individual students. Correspondingly, we will also be debuting the International Academic Bowl in Asia and Europe in the spring of 2016, leading to the further growth of academic quiz competitions around the world.

The US Academic Bee and Bowl, National Humanities Bee, and National Science Bee are meant for students in eighth grade and younger. We are also pleased to announce that all four competitions will feature an Elementary Division for students in sixth grade and younger as well. In this way, we look forward to encouraging academic competition among younger students who have had limited opportunities to compete against comparably-aged students to date. The US Academic Bee and Bowl will be held at roughly 10-20 regional competitions from February-April 2016, leading to our inaugural National Championships in Arlington, Virginia on May 20-22, 2016. It is possible to qualify for the US Academic Bowl National Championships in other ways as well, however, even if there is no regional competition near you this school year. In future years, we will look to expand both the number of tournaments, and the number of regional question sets, thus giving more students a chance to play. The National Humanities Bee and the National Science Bee will take place solely at the National Championships level for the 2015-16 school year; in future years, we will look to add a regional level to those as well. Finally, across all four competitions, the 2016 USABB National Championships will feature at least $10,000 in prize money!

Simultaneously with this announcement, NHBB is also announcing a new arrangement for the management and oversight of the Elementary and Middle School divisions of National History Bee, National History Bowl, Pop Culture Challenge, National Citizenship Bee, and US Geography Olympiad. These competitions will be directly overseen through the end of the 2018-2019 academic year by Academic Competition Enterprises (ACE) of Spartanburg, SC. As the leaders of ACE, Eric Huff and Nick Clusserath, have been employees of NHBB in the past, and have years of experience overseeing these competitions already, these competitions will remain in good hands for the next four years. On a practical basis, this will have no bearing on the way that these competitions are being administered for this school year – students, schools, and families do not need to adjust any element of their participation.

We will be reaching out shortly to elementary and middle school level academic teams across the United States with more details on how to get involved in USABB. For further information, please explore our US Academic Bee and Bowl website at www.usacademicbowl.com and feel free to email info@usacademicbowl.com with questions about any of the competitions as well. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to promote high quality academic competitions around the USA and around the world!websitelogo2

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