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WMS students compete in History Bee regional finals

Four Worthington Middle School students buzz in their answers at the National History Bee regional competition last week in Minneapolis. Submitted Photo

WORTHINGTON — Four students from Worthington Middle School (WMS) recently aced some major history tests.

The students — eighth-graders Dominic Burns, Natalie Demuth and Kristy Workman and seventh-grader Selomon Kebede — all qualified to make it to last week’s Regional History Bee competition in Minneapolis. Burns then excelled at the regional event, qualifying for nationals.

Prior to regionals, all WMS seventh- and eighth-graders students completed a written test. From there, the four highest-scoring students completed an online regional qualifying exam. Then came the regional bee, during which students were tested on their history knowledge from the time of the Roman empire all the way up to the current events now facing the U.S.

“At regionals, there were about eight people in a room at a time, and the questions were more like clues, and we had to buzz in if we knew the answer,” Demuth explained.

“You also couldn’t have four incorrect interruptions,” Workman added. “Otherwise, you were disqualified.”

Students participated in several rounds during which they verbally answered questions with a buzzer system. The top students from each of the regional finals advance to the national finals in Atlanta, Ga.

Burns scored fifth in the regional finals to advance to the June 6-8 nationals event.

“The championship round at regionals was pretty intense, but I still haven’t decided yet whether or not I want to go to nationals yet,” Burns said.

“Even just watching the championship round with Dominic in it, it went really fast,” Demuth said. “I don’t think there was a time during that round that the person giving the clues finished her sentence without someone buzzing in. I’m really proud that all of us got to regionals and that Dominic got to nationals.”

This is the first time WMS has participated in the National History Bee competition, and sixth- grade teacher Paula Wolyniec said it won’t be the last.

“I think we’re going do it again next year,” she said. “There are a lot of students interested in participating next year who are very good at history, and it would be great for them to show what they can do.”

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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