News From Masters
A Masters team won the Varsity Division Championship at the 2017 Lower Hudson History Bee and Bowl, qualifying it to compete in the 2017 National Championships.
Thirty-one teams participated in the competition at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY on January 22. The tournament, sponsored by The National History Bee and Bowl, was the first history bowl that a Masters team has attended, says team advisor John Chiodo.
Masters’ team was led by captains Daniel Bring and David Oks, with junior Henry Williams, sophomores Elijah Emery and Shawn Farhadian, and freshman Lawrence Azzariti. The squad went undefeated in eight rounds to win the Varsity Division Championship, and will go on to compete in the National Championships in Washington, D.C. from April 21-23.
“For Masters to go undefeated in its first tournament against well-established teams is a testament to the talent and commitment of history students at The Masters School,” Mr. Chiodo says. “This team has been practicing for months, and their win was the direct result of that preparation.”
In addition to the regional History Bowl, members of the squad competed in the Lower Hudson History Bee. Elijah Emery took second place in the Junior Varsity Division, and varsity members Daniel Bring and David Oks qualified for the National History Bee Championships, also scheduled for April in Washington.
Because history education has been somewhat neglected at the public secondary school level in recent years, The National History Bee and Bowl was established to remedy this by fostering an interest in history among students, according to Mr. Chiodo. The substance and style of questions used in the event reward students who can make connections across eras, places and themes in history; thus students enhance their understanding of history through preparation and competition, he adds.