Five students make history
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.
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.