WMS students compete in History Bee regional finals
WORTHINGTON — Four students from Worthington Middle School (WMS) recently aced some major history tests.
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.”
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