British International School of Boston history students are spending the spring term competing in the National History Bee. This is the second year a team from BISB has been involved in the tournament, which attracts over 10,000 students from across the country.
Participants in the National History Bee compete head-to-head to be the first to “buzz-in” with the correct answer. The result is a competition that tests a student’s knowledge in a fun and exciting way.
In December, the school held a middle school history bee where 10 students faced off in front of the secondary school, to prepare for entry in regional competitions. Subject matter focused on ancient history, world conflicts and key historical figures across the centuries.
· At what battle did the US sink 4 Japanese aircraft carriers in 1942?
· At what battle, fought in Belgium five months after the Battle of New Orleans, did the British have about ten times as many of their soldiers killed, though the USA did not take part?
· The regime of Augustus Caesar was glorified in what epic poem by the Roman poet Vergil?
Five students progressed from this inter-school competition to sit the qualifying national exam. All five of our Middle School students, Andrew Logue, Ilya Rudyak, Simon Risman, Kasra von Andrian Werburg and Shani De Silva scored high enough to represent BISB at the regional finals in April.
BISB has the honor of hosting the New England regional finals on April 11th. We expect to convene 300 students over the course of the Saturday competition some of which will have the opportunity to progress to the National Final competition held in Louisville, Kentucky over Memorial Day weekend.
Team leader, Mr Mitchell, Head of History, said, “The students have really embraced the competition this year and it is a fantastic achievement to have four students progress to the Regional Competition where they will compete with students from all over New England.”
We wish BISB students good luck for April 11th and we look forward to showcasing BISB to our regional finalist visitors.
If you were stuck on the questions, the answers were of course Midway, Waterloo and The Aeneid!
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