On Friday April 13, eleven BB&N Middle School students travelled to Malden Catholic High School to participate in the Regional Finals of the National History Bee. Eleven students who took the Online Qualifying Test placed into the Regional Finals, an event which drew dozens of finalists from the six New England States. The contestants were eighth graders Charlie Druker, Jack Haining, Julia Shephard, Kate Constan, Daniel Wang, and Luc Boesch-Powars. In addition, Rohan Badani, Jack Botein, Louis Levy, Asher Parker-Sartori, and Anji Reddy also qualified from the seventh grade.
After three grueling rounds, pitting up to 12 contestants against each other in each of six rooms, Jack, Julia, Kate, Daniel, Luke and Louis were informed that they had qualified for the National Finals in Atlanta, Georgia! Group Advisor and Middle School History Department chair, Bill Rogers, observed several rounds and noted that, this was the largest group BB&N ever had qualify for the Regionals, and the largest group ever to be invited to the Nationals. As the finals are scheduled during the weekend before Middle School exams, it was not clear at press time which contestants would attend, though Kate indicated that she would be a definite attendee for the second year in a row. Kudos to all six who qualified for Atlanta.