The National History Bee and Bowl are part of the International Academic Competitions network of competitions. See for all details on all IAC events.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 competition season for the National History Bee and Bowl! NHBB is excited to begin its eighth year of history quiz tournaments around the USA, and we hope you and your team can be a part of the fun. Beginning with our first tournament of the year on October 14 in Honolulu and continuing through our 2018 National Championships on April 27-29 in Arlington, VA, we’re getting set for approximately 100 Varsity & JV level tournaments across America.

For the 2017-18 season, much will remain the same as in past years, but we wanted to highlight a few changes. First, our tournaments are now officially part of the International Academic Competitions network. In itself, this won’t really change anything, but it will make it easier to identify tournaments run under our auspices. See the new website at for summaries and links to the different competitions we oversee around the USA and around the world.

Speaking of international goings on, next July in Berlin, Germany, IAC will be running both the 3rd International History Olympiad (July 14-22) and the inaugural International Geography Bee World Championships (July 11-17)! The two events overlap by design so that if you are qualified for both, you can attend both. You can qualify for the Olympiad in one of the following ways:
-Finish in the top 50% at Nationals in any age division (including elementary / middle school events run by ACE) in 2017 or 2018 in either the Bee or Bowl
-Finish in the top 25% in the National History Bee in any age division (including elementary / middle school) in 2017 or 2018 in the National History Bee
-Win a National History Bowl regional or state tournament with your team

Qualification for the IGB World Championships can be done through either finishing in the top 50% at Nationals in 2017 or 2018 or by attaining a score of 75 or better on any version of the National Qualifying Exam in either the 2016-17 or 2017-18 competition year.

Both the Olympiad and the IGB World Championships will consist of numerous buzzer-based tournaments, other competitions (exams, games, a treasure hunt, historical and geographical simulations, etc.), lots of sightseeing opportunities, and a chance to meet, compete against, and make friends with other top history and geography students from around the world. See and the links on the World Championships tab at for all the details, and we hope you’ll be able to join us!

Staffwise, Jason Russell is now our Director of Operations for NHBB’s Varsity and JV Divisions. Jason will continue on as well in his role from last year as National Championships Staff Director, so if you are interested in helping in Arlington next April (or at any regional tournament), please contact him at Marshall Mullins is now the Director of Logistics for International Academic Competitions, and with additional tournament coordinating responsibilities in the Upper South and Midwest, moves to the Lead Tournament Coordinator position within NHBB – he is at Additionally, veteran NHBB player (and record holder) Michael Borecki, of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME has been appointed Northeast Regional Coordinator and can be reached at

Lastly, we’ll also be including a much wider assortment of National History Bowl Middle School divisions in conjunction with our Varsity and JV regional and state tournaments. A list of which Varsity and JV tournaments will have middle school divisions is maintained here. These tournaments will also have a Middle School division in the National History Bee, which can serve as a second chance for students to qualify for the 2018 National History Bee Middle School National Championships. Students wishing to compete in the Middle School Bee at these tournaments though must already be registered (either as individuals or through their school) with the official National History Bee Middle School and Elementary competition, administered by ACE. Visit or contact for further details.

Best of luck throughout the 2017-2018 competition season, and we look forward to seeing you at a tournament soon!