On Saturday, April 6, nine BB&N Middle School students travelled to Austin Prep School in Reading 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 Rohan Badani, Jack Botein, Louis Levy, Sanisha Mahendra-Rajah, Asher Parker-Sartori, Quin Polcari, and Anji Reddy. In addition, Bradford Kimball and Antonella Catanzano qualified from the seventh grade.
After three grueling morning rounds, pitting up to twelve contestants against each other in each of many classrooms, Jack, Asher, Quinn, Anji, Bradford, and Antonella were all informed that they had qualified for the National Finals in Chicago! In a stunning development, both Bradford and Antonella finished in the top eight of the Seventh Grade Regionals and competed in the finals, and Bradford surfaced as number one in New England!
Group Advisor and Middle School History Department chair, Bill Rogers, observed several rounds and noted that this was the second-largest group from BB&N ever to qualify for the Regionals, and the largest group ever to be invited to the Nationals.
The Finals are scheduled for early June, and summer schedules willing, some of BB&N's young history scholars will be there to compete for the title.