International History Bee and Bowl

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The International History Bee and Bowl (IHBB) are history quiz competitions for individual students and school teams outside the United States. Within the United States, students compete in the comparable National History Bee and Bowl; the same organization, International Academic Competitions, oversees the International and National (i.e. American) tournaments. The International History Bee and Bowl debuted in the 2011-2012 school year in Europe[1] and Asia.[2] A European Championship has been held since 2012; the Asian Championships debuted in spring 2014. In the 2014-15 school year, the Australian and New Zealand Division debuted as did the Canadian Division. Tournaments are held in approximately 30 countries each year. IHBB also organizes the International History Olympiad, which debuted in 2015 at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and was held in Hawaii in 2016 and Berlin in 2018. [3] Students can qualify for the Olympiad by participating at IHBB tournaments around the world or by taking an official qualifying exam administered by a teacher if no IHBB tournament exists nearby.

The International History Bee and Bowl test knowledge of all aspects of history in a buzzer-based competition format, which bears a resemblance to some television quiz shows. However, unlike on a quiz show most IHBB questions are paragraph-length, and move from harder to easier information. When students think they know the answer, they ring in with the buzzer. If they are correct, they, or their team members get points, if incorrect, then the other students (in the History Bee) or the other team (in the History Bowl) has an opportunity to hear the rest of the question. All IHBB matches are conducted in English - tournaments in other languages may be added at some point in the future.

The International History Bee and Bowl World Championships are contested at the International History Olympiad. However, the International History Bowl World Championships features matches between teams of 2 or 3 students representing either a particular US state or country (or a mix of two or three of these) and is thus unlike any other International History Bowl competition. A full list of IHBB world champions is maintained on the International History Olympiad page

Regional tournaments[edit]

Regional tournaments are held throughout Asia, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Any school or student may attend as long as they have not participated at an earlier regional tournament that school year. Each tournament features a varsity division for students roughly 16–18 years of age, a junior varsity division for students roughly 13–15 years of age, and a middle school division for younger students.[4]

Each tournament features a series of preliminary rounds for the History Bee for individual students and the History Bowl for teams. Students who finish in the top half in their age classification for the History Bee, and Bowl teams who finish the preliminary rounds with a .500 winning percentage or better qualify for their regional Championships, as well as the International History Olympiad. At the end of the preliminary rounds, the top Bee students advance to the Bee Finals, while Bowl teams are seeded according to their preliminary results and advance to the playoffs.

Championships[edit]

Students and teams who finish in the top half of their regional tournament earn the right to compete at the Canadian, European and Asian Championships. The Championships also feature a Consolation Bee for students attending with their History Bowl team who did not qualify for the Bee Championships, as well as a Geography Bee which is open to all.[5] The Championships in Europe and Asia also feature a separate Sports and Entertainment History Bee which is open to all participants, including coaches and also an all-subject team quiz competition, the Academic Bowl of Asia (or Europe).

The 2012 European Championships were held in Grasse, France; the 2013 European Championships were held in Paris; the 2014 and 2017 Championships were in Rome, the 2015 Championships in Switzerland, the 2016 Championships were in Berlin, and the 2018 European Championships were held in Prague. The Asian Championships were held in Hong Kong in 2014, and in Khao Lak, Thailand in 2015 and 2016. The inaugural Canadian Championships were held in 2015 in Ottawa, and the 2016 Canadian Championships were held in Toronto.

Qualified students and schools from Middle Eastern countries are welcome to compete at either the IHBB European or Asian Championships, but not both in any given year.

International History Bee - European Division Champions[edit]

Varsity[edit]

Year Champion School Country
2012 Maria Witteman American School of Madrid  Spain
2013 Maria Witteman American School of Madrid  Spain
2014 Cameron Bainbridge College du Leman   Switzerland
2015 Cameron Bainbridge College du Leman   Switzerland
2016 Ishaan Bhardwaj Sevenoaks School  England
2017 Brychan Hall Abu Dhabi Homeschool  UAE
2018 Chris Thorn Eton College  England

Junior varsity[edit]

Year Champion School Country
2012 Daniel Nazarov British School of Geneva   Switzerland
2013 Andrew Lewis Swiss International School Basel   Switzerland
2014 Adam Wright The American School of Madrid  Spain
2015 Jackson Stewart Black Forest Academy  Germany
2016 Sam Brennan St. Stephen's School  Italy
2017 Kai Schärer Inter-Community School Zurich   Switzerland
2018 Marek Sicinski The British School, Warsaw  Poland

Middle school[edit]

Year Champion School Country
2014 Antonio Pattori International School of Geneva   Switzerland
2015 Marcus Banyai International School of Stuttgart  Germany
2016 Thomas Wilson Hockerill Anglo-European College  England
2017 Adam Rizzoli QSI International School, Ljubljana  Slovenia
2018 Pedro Juan Orduz International School of Zug and Luzern   Switzerland

International History Bowl - European Division Champions[edit]

Varsity[edit]

Year Champion City Country
2012 American School of Madrid Madrid, Spain  Spain
2013 American School of Madrid Madrid, Spain  Spain
2014 Collège du Léman Versoix, Switzerland   Switzerland
2015 Collège du Léman Versoix, Switzerland   Switzerland
2016 Katedralskolan, Lund Lund, Sweden  Sweden
2017 Stefan Batory High School Warsaw, Poland  Poland
2018 International School of Zug and Luzern Baar, Switzerland   Switzerland

Junior varsity[edit]

Year Champion City Country
2012 Swiss International School Basel Basel, Switzerland   Switzerland
2013 American School in London London, England  England
2014 International School of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland   Switzerland
2015 International School of Geneva Geneva, Switzerland   Switzerland
2016 St. Stephen's School Rome, Italy  Italy
2017 Inter-Community School Zurich, Switzerland   Switzerland
2018 The British School, Warsaw Warsaw, Poland  Poland

Middle school[edit]

Year Champion City Country
2014 Arnold House School London, England  England
2015 International School of Stuttgart Stuttgart, Germany  Germany
2016 Hockerill Anglo-European College Bishop's Stortford, England  England
2017 Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz Zuoz, Switzerland   Switzerland
2018 Collège André Corbet Samoëns, France  France

International History Bee - Asian Division Champions[edit]

Varsity[edit]

Year Champion School Country
2014 Suntiparp Somsak International Community School  Thailand
2015 Suntiparp Somsak International Community School  Thailand
2016 Sirapong Kancvalskul Concordian International School  Thailand
2017 Boyang Hou Hwa Chong Institution  Singapore
2018 Vijay Siddharth NPS International School  Singapore

Junior varsity[edit]

Year Champion School Country
2014 Nicolas Gruenwald Singapore American School  Singapore
2015 Haripoom Prasutchai International Community School  Thailand
2016 Priyankar Kandarpa NPS International School  Singapore
2017 Vijay Siddharth NPS International School  Singapore
2018 Frank Lin Shanghai High School International Division  China

Middle school[edit]

Year Champion School Country
2014 Chansol Park Hong Kong International School  Hong Kong
2015 Chansol Park Shanghai American School - Pudong Campus  China
2016 Wesley Zhang High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China  China
2017 Elizabeth Enright Dulwich College Singapore  Singapore
2018 Calvin Pan Shanghai High School International Division  China

International History Bowl - Asian Division Champions[edit]

Varsity[edit]

Year Champion City Country
2014 International Community School Bangkok  Thailand
2015 International Community School Bangkok  Thailand
2016 Concordian International School Bangkok  Thailand
2017 Hwa Chong Institution Singapore  Singapore
2018 Shanghai High School International Division Shanghai  China

Junior varsity[edit]

Year Champion City Country
2014 Singapore American School Singapore  Singapore
2015 NPS International School Singapore  Singapore
2016 NPS International School Singapore  Singapore
2017 Shanghai American School - Puxi Campus Shanghai  China
2018 Tsinghua International School Beijing  China

Middle school[edit]

Year Champion City Country
2014 Hong Kong International School Hong Kong  Hong Kong
2015 Shanghai High School International Division Shanghai  China
2016 Shanghai High School International Division Shanghai  China
2017 International Christian Academy Parañaque  Philippines
2018 Shanghai High School International Division Shanghai  China

International History Bee - Canadian Division Champions[edit]

Varsity[edit]

Year Champion School Province
2015 Cameron Amini Colonel By Secondary School  Ontario
2016 Sheena Li Lisgar Collegiate Institute  Ontario
2017 Gareth Thorlakson University of Toronto Schools  Ontario
2018 Ryan Hamilton Royal St. George's College  Ontario

Junior varsity[edit]

Year Champion School Province
2015 Gareth Thorlakson University of Toronto Schools  Ontario
2016 Ryan Hamilton Royal St. George's College  Ontario
2017 Oliver Weizel University of Toronto Schools  Ontario
2018 Oliver Weizel University of Toronto Schools  Ontario

Middle school[edit]

Year Champion School Province
2015 Darcy Mazloum Loyola High School  Quebec
2016 Oliver Weizel University of Toronto Schools  Ontario
2017 Cameron Miranda-Radbord University of Toronto Schools  Ontario
2018 Vivek Sapru University of Toronto Schools  Ontario

International History Bowl - Canadian Division Champions[edit]

Varsity[edit]

Year Champion City Province
2015 Lisgar Collegiate Institute Ottawa  Ontario
2016 Lisgar Collegiate Institute Ottawa  Ontario
2017 University of Toronto Schools Toronto  Ontario
2018 University of Toronto Schools Toronto  Ontario

Junior varsity[edit]

Year Champion City Province
2015 Royal St. George's College Toronto  Ontario
2016 University of Toronto Schools Toronto  Ontario
2017 Lisgar Collegiate Institute Ottawa  Ontario
2018 University of Toronto Schools Toronto  Ontario

Middle school[edit]

Year Champion City Province
2015 Selwyn House School Westmount  Quebec
2016 University of Toronto Schools Toronto  Ontario
2017 University of Toronto Schools Toronto  Ontario
2018 University of Toronto Schools Toronto  Ontario

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