BIG HORN — Big Horn High School students took top honors at Wyoming’s first History Bee and Bowl, held March 15 at BHHS.
The national history bee and bowl, sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, started in 2010. BHHS students have participated in the Montana History Bee and Bowl the past few years, and most recently, in February.
“Since we’ve been involved in it, they asked us to host it to get it going in Wyoming,” academic coach and science teacher Shawn Ivie said about the school’s involvement in the inaugural Wyoming event. “Mainly because we have that experience doing it.”
The winning school team this weekend was comprised of BHHS students Ben Warder, Andrew Schuster, Brody Bard and Eddie Atter. Riverside High School took second place.
This is the second team victory for BHHS as they also won first place at the Montana History Bowl and Bee in February.
Individual top honors at Saturday’s competition went to Ben Warder for first place and Andrew Schuster for second place. Madison Pehringer took first place in the junior varsity division.
Ivie said questions for teams and individuals ranged from local and regional history to national and world history. Higher points were awarded to questions that were more difficult and fewer points for easier questions.
The BHHS students are now eligible for competition at the national history bowl in Washington, D.C., at the end of April. Ivie said the team attended last year, but due to the expense of the trip, it is undecided if the team will travel to nationals again this year.
“It is a lot of money to go,” he said. “Just the plane tickets for five kids plus myself would be $2,800. That’s why we aren’t sure if we are going to go or not. They said they are going to fundraise, so we’ll see how they do.”
Anyone interested in donating towards trip expenses can contact Ivie at the school at 674-8190.