National History Bee and Bowl – Varsity & JV Division Staff

David Madden – Founder and Co-Executive Director, International Academic Competitions & National History Bee and Bowl

David Madden is the founder and Executive Director of International Academic Competitions and The National History Bee and Bowl. Having played quiz bowl for four years at Ridgewood High School from 1995-1999, college quizbowl for two years at Princeton University, and been involved on a full-time basis overseeing IAC since 2010, he is well-versed with all the formats, concerns, and issues surrounding academic competition. He is committed to high standards for tournaments, well-written questions, and the growth of academic quiz tournaments throughout the world. He is a former 19-day champion on Jeopardy! and champion of the Jeopardy! All Star Games tournament, a published art historian, and a runner and skier in his spare time. He was taking courses to become a high school history teacher himself when he had the idea to run a history-themed quiz bowl tournament: the Tri-State History Bowl attended by 34 teams in May 2010. Soon after that, he put his teaching plans on hold to establish The National History Bee and Bowl. Aside from NHBB, he also has established the other member competitions in the International Academic Competitions network, including the International Geography Bee, United States Geography Championships, the United States History Bee, and the US Academic Bee and Bowl, among others. He is also the founder of the International History Olympiad which brings together the best history students from around the world every two years. He is based at IAC headquarters in Burlington, VT and can be reached at

Nolwenn Madden – Co-Executive Director, International Academic Competitions, Director US Middle & Elementary School Programs

Nolwenn Madden is the Co-Executive Director of International Academic Competitions and Director of the US Middle School and Elementary Divisions. Prior to her career in academic competitions, Nolwenn studied at the French grande école EM Lyon where she received a MS in Management. She also worked as a translator for before launching the International History Bee and Bowl in 2011 and expanding its programs to over 30 countries. She has organized and directed hundreds of tournaments for IAC throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the ukulele and the cello, skiing, cooking, and traveling. She can be reached at

Emilio Ergueta – Manager of Question Production, International Academic Competitions

Emilio Ergueta is International Academic Competitions’ Manager of Question Production, which includes all question sets used by the National History Bee and Bowl. Emilio coordinates the dozens of writers and editors that produce over 10,000 questions a year, and makes sure that every set is ready for the tournament where it is going to be played. Emilio brings over five years of experience in the academic competition community to NHBB as a player, tournament director, and organizer. He has assisted in the logistical planning and management of numerous large international events including the International History Olympiad, European, and Asian Championships. He can be reached at

Marshall Mullins – Director of Logistics & Lead Tournament Coordinator

marshall-mullinsMarshall is the Director of High School Operations for International Academic Competitions, and the National History Bee and Bowl. He also serves as Lead Tournament Coordinator where he is responsible for tournaments throughout the country, including all of the Midwest and South Central states. He has long been active as a tournament director and volunteer in the Missouri and Illinois quiz bowl circuits, and received the Rob Grierson Friend of Scholastic Bowl Award in 2019. He is based out of the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis and he can be reached at

Michael Borecki – Northeast Regional Coordinator

Michael Borecki is the Northeast Regional Coordinator, with primary responsibility for tournaments in New England and New York. For the 2019-2020 academic year, he is a junior at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. A four year player and former team captain for Darien High School in Darien, CT, Michael holds the record for preliminary score at an NHBB regional bee, scoring 42 points at the 2016 Bergen County History Bee. He also appeared on the 2016 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament, placing 3rd out of 15 contestants. He can be reached at

Danielle Hobeika – Webmaster

Danielle Hobeika is the chief webmaster for NHBB and International Academic Competitions. She has worked for over ten years as a web designer, and helps to maintain and develop the different websites used by NHBB. Her personal website can be viewed here, which contains her contact information if you are interested in hiring her to work on your projects.