Middle and elementary school students across the country will be able to tackle thousands of questions in a new history competition for young people, the National History Bee.
The National History Bee was begun in 2011 as a joint effort between A&E Network's increasingly popular channel, HISTORY, and an already existing academic competition company led by Executive Director David Madden.
Madden is a proven history buff in his own right, having completed a 19-day winning streak on the television game show Jeopardy! in 2005.
The inaugural National History Bee was broadcast on HISTORY in June of 2012 and concluded with Tajin Rogers of McLean, Va., winning the title of National History Bee Champion and a $50,000 scholarship prize provided by textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Throughout every stage of the competition Rogers and other students are asked a myriad of questions on state, national, and international history. "History broadly conceived" is how the National History Bee defines their take on the subject, believing that students strong in the social studies should have a decent handle on cultural, social, and political history alike.
And all across West Virginia students are showing that they're up for the challenge, as they participate in the first of several stages of the National History Bee, the Intramural Bee.
Top participants at the school level advance to an online exam and then, if successful, face off against other history buffs at the Regional competitions and finally the National Championship next year. Along the way students showcase their knowledge on questions ranging from the Ancient Egyptians to World War II and back again.