Five stu­dents make his­tory

Southern Telegraph - - News - El­lie Honey­bone

Five Gil­more Col­lege stu­dents have made his­tory af­ter they won the in­au­gu­ral Western Aus­tralian His­tory Bee and Bowl State Cham­pi­onship.

Year 9 stu­dents Ryan Rogers, Cooper Til­bury, Karl Gam­ble-Miles, Ryan Wil­liams and Bran­don Shaw trav­elled to Wood­vale Sec­ondary Col­lege on Oc­to­ber 25 and com­peted in the tour­na­ment.

Gil­more Col­lege his­tory teacher Erin Al­ber­tini said the His­tory Bee and Bowl was a his­tory-themed quiz tour­na­ment for stu­dents aged 11-18 and took place in more than 20 coun­tries around the world.

“The Bee is for in­di­vid­ual stu­dents and the Bowl is for teams of up to six stu­dents,” she said.

“Both com­pe­ti­tions fea­ture a buzzer sys­tem and ques­tions cov­er­ing top­ics on all fields and as­pects of his­tory.”

Cooper said the stu­dents spent a se­mes­ter study­ing for the event and gave up their lunch breaks to prac­tise.

“Our school sent three teams to com­pete in the Bowl event so we all got to­gether in the lead-up and read through our text­books to make sure we knew as much as pos­si­ble,” he said.

Two Gil­more stu­dents were cho­sen to com­pete in the Bee com­pe­ti­tion and the hard work paid off again af­ter Bran­don Shaw won, be­com­ing the first-ever WA Bee State Cham­pion.

Mrs Al­ber­tini said the stu­dents were now in­vited to com­pete in the Asian Cham­pi­onships and af­ter that, the first-ever In­ter­na­tional His­tory Olympiad to be held in the USA in the next few years.

“Th­ese stu­dents are so de­serv­ing of this suc­cess, they put in so much time and they should be very proud of them­selves,” she said.

“The study guide is so com­pre­hen­sive and they had to cover any­thing from an­cient his­tory, po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural his­tory and also mod­ern his­tory.”

Gil­more Col­lege prin­ci­pal Ro­han Smith said the stu­dents had taken their learn­ing to a new level and he was not sur­prised by their achieve­ment.

“We are ex­tremely im­pressed and it has been a fan­tas­tic week­end and the sup­port of the stu­dents’ fam­i­lies has been incredible,” he said.

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

Gil­more Col­lege stu­dents Ryan Wil­liams, Cooper Til­bury, Ryan Rogers, Karl Gam­ble-Miles and Bran­don Shaw are thrilled to be His­tory Bee and Bowl State Cham­pi­ons.

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