Last Friday, Sequoia Middle School seventh-grader David Leynov beat eight other students to win the Regional Middle School History Bee for Northern California and Nevada.
Here is a video about the competition produced by the San Juan school district, which hosted the event: http://vimeo.com/38047516
Although the High School History Bee has been in existence for several years, this was the first year the Middle School bee was held. Only nine students from the region competed, including two from Sequoia Middle School in Pleasant Hill and two from Windemere Ranch Middle School in San Ramon.
David will represent Sequoia, the Mt. Diablo school district and the region in the National Middle School History Bee the weekend of May 12 in Washington, DC. The final match will be televised on the History Channel and the winner will receive $50,000 in scholarship money.
Organizers hope that more schools will participate next year. More information about the event is at http://ms.historybee.com.
Do you think history is as important as English language arts and math, which are weighted more heavily under No Child Left Behind?