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Five Worthington Middle School students qualify for National History Bee

WORTHINGTON -- Worthington Middle School (WMS) sent 10 students to the Minneapolis Regional Finals of the National History Bee earlier this week. In a competition held at Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul on Wednesday evening, the WMS participan...

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WMS eighth-graders Alex Cuate (from left) Anwar Farra, Davis Moore and Azael Rodriguez participated in the Minneapolis Regional Finals of the National History Bee earlier this week. Not pictured is Selomon Kedebe. (Submitted photo)

WORTHINGTON - Worthington Middle School (WMS) sent 10 students to the Minneapolis Regional Finals of the National History Bee earlier this week.
In a competition held at Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul on Wednesday evening, the WMS participants put their history knowledge to the test against their peers from schools across Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin who had similarly met a scoring requirement in the bee’s Online Regional Qualifying Exam.
Those from Worthington who competed in the middle school division were eighth-graders Alex Cuate, Anwar Farra, Selomon Kebede, Davis Moore and Azael Rodriguez. WMS students competing in the elementary division (sixth grade or below) were fifth-grader Jenna Hoffman and sixth-graders Mild Du, Emma Hansen, Rosie Melgoza and Liz Spiegelhoff.
All attendees competed in three preliminary rounds, buzzing in to answer historical questions ranging from ancient times to 1980s U.S. political developments.
In the 13-contestant elementary division, WMS students Hoffman and Melgoza advanced to the finals (top 10 in their division). Hoffman scored well enough to qualify for the elementary level National History Bee.
Three of the WMS eighth-graders (Kebede, Moore and Rodriguez) were among those who scored highly enough in the preliminary rounds of the 57-contestant middle school division to qualify for the National History Bee event, which takes place May 22-24 in Louisville, Ky.
Another student from the area, Andrew Tusa of Jackson, made it to the middle school division’s top 10 and also qualified for the national competition. The eventual middle school division champion was Evan Poellinger of Plymouth.
WMS sixth-grade teacher Paula Wolyniec coordinated the local students’ National History Bee involvement.

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