Auckland History Bee and Bowl

On Saturday 22 June, two teams from ACG Parnell College competed in the International History Bee and Bowl competition held this year at Saint Kentigern College.  Each team comprised of students from Years 7-13 who have a passion for History and Classical Studies.

Team A (Bu Fan Zhao, Thomas Julyan, Chantelle Haywood, Do Tri Hai Nguyen and Jamie Norris) won four out of their five preliminary matches against other teams to achieve a place in the semi-finals.  The event organiser was very impressed that our team was able to answer all eight questions within the ‘lightning round’ on topics ranging from the Aztecs to Joseph Stalin and the Space Race.

The semi-final saw Team A rise to the challenge and narrowly miss the top spot after a very tense neck-and-neck contest.  Their impressive performance throughout the day qualifies them to take part in the World Championships next year!

As the only Year 7 competing in the entire competition, Daniel Xian from 7STA, made an astonishing debut as he competed against Year 12 and 13 students with confidence and ease as part of the Bowl.  He went on to win the individual Junior History Bee and qualified for the World Championships for the Geography Bee as well!  Bu Fan Zhao from 9ADS took second place in the Junior History Bee whilst Maruti Mishra competed admirably in the Senior Division.

Mr Maurer, Miss Fuke and Mr Yeo are very proud of both teams’ achievements as they demonstrated an extensive knowledge of world history, excellent teamwork and good humour throughout the day.

The world championships for History are officially known as the International History Olympiad and is described as an ‘8-day long history extravaganza’, held every two years – the next Olympiad will take place in July 2020. The Olympiad consists of numerous buzzer-based and other competitions, sightseeing, and special events with students from around the world.

Daniel in Year 7 qualified for the International Geography Bee World Championships as well as winning the Junior Varsity Division of History Bee.

The International Geography Bee is a worldwide geography quiz competition, consisting of the IGB Championships Qualifying Exam and the biennial IGB World Championships. The World Championships is multifaceted and takes place over 6 days. The next IGB World Championships will be held in July 2020. Attending students who are qualified may also compete in the International History Olympiad; the two competitions are designed to allow for cross-participation.

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