March 9, 2014 at 6:55 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston High School (LHS) students David Song and Chris Tseng are headed to Washington, D.C., in the National History Bowl’s Mid-Atlantic Championship. They will represent the Mid-Atlantic region, both individually and as a team in the national competition this April.
At the recent competition at Princeton University, the LHS students were silver medalists in team competition. In addition, Song won a second silver medal in individual competition and Tseng was among the final 10.
A second Livingston team of Geoffrey Tseng, Andrew Lo, Chris Bueschel, and Kevin Chen, also advanced to the national event. They advanced to round 16 in the Mid-Atlantic contest.
According to the website, the National History Bowl is a history quiz competition for teams of students throughout the USA. Founded in 2010, The National History Bowl is in its fourth school year of qualifying tournaments, leading to the National Championships in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA in April 2014.
The website explains its tournament philosphy as follows: The National History Bowl strives to promote history education throughout the United States, and around the world. To that end, we are committed to holding tournaments that are fair, educational, and lots of fun for all. As it is the opinion of the Executive Director that history education has been somewhat neglected at the secondary school level in recent years, The National History Bowl has an important role to play in remedying this. By fostering an interest in history among students, The National History Bowl will give present-day students an appreciation for the past that will serve them and their country and world well in the future.
Additionally, the substance and style of questions used in The National History Bowl reward students who can make connections across eras, places, and themes in history; thus students enhance their understanding of history through preparation and competition. This includes an appreciation of the idea that history is not just a morass of names and dates, but a key to understanding every human endeavor, from the battlefield to the baseball field, from the political arena to the photography studio, from sacred places to the science lab. This will no doubt encourage students to continue their study of history through scholarship in high school, college, and beyond. Ultimately, The National History Bowl will help to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s voters and leaders.