While Jacob Crawford says math tends to be his thing, the local eighth-grader feels he’s pretty good at history as well.
And his knowledge of history has earned him a spot in the regional competition for the National History Bee. The Richard W. Warren Middle School student learned the news earlier this week.
“I was a bit surprised,” Crawford said.
Crawford said he didn’t have much time to prepare or study for an online qualifying exam. His score on the test ranked in the top 120 for the region, enabling him to advance to the regionals.
The regional finals will be March 1 in Wichita.
The top students from each of the 35 regional competitions will advance to the national championship, which will be June 1 in Atlanta, according to the website for the National History Bee.
Last year’s national championship was televised. And the winner received a $50,000 scholarship.
Elementary and middle school students are eligible to compete in the National History Bee, according to the website.
There also is a separate division for high school students.
Crawford said he learned about the National History Bee from his social studies teacher, Tom Resovich.
The teacher said he asked other students about registering for the competition but they were unable to participate.
Crawford took the online qualifying exam Jan. 31, the last day the test was available. He took the exam at Warren Middle School.
“I stayed after school for a week before the test to prepare,” he said.
He said the test had 80 multiple choice questions. And there was a time limit for answering each question.
Crawford said a correct answer was worth two points. An incorrect answer resulted in the subtraction of a point. A question that was left blank resulting in no points being added or subtracted.
He said the regional competition will have more a quiz show setup in which students can buzz in with their answers.
“I’m a little more nervous about this one,” he said.