The George Washington High School History Bowl team placed second in the Junior Varsity (9th and 10th grade) division of the National History Bowl Championship, held in Arlington, VA on April 27-29, 2018.
The team was comprised of two tenth graders, Walker Combs and Ben Woods, and one ninth grader, John Ward. In addition to the team achievement, GWHS sophomore Walker Combs placed second in both the Junior Varsity division of the US History Bee (United States history) and the History Bee National Championship (general history).
The team results qualify the GWHS History Bowl team to compete in the International History Olympiad, to be held in Berlin, Germany in July 2018. Each team member won $600 credit towards the Olympiad entry fees. Walker Combs also received a $1,850 credit (full scholarship) to attend the International Olympiad and compete as an individual.
In order to earn the right to compete at this tournament, teams from all over the United States participated in state and regional qualifying tournaments. George Washington qualified by winning the West Virginia State championship in February 2018. In all, 108 teams from across the United States competed in the National Championships at the Junior Varsity level and 144 teams competed at the Varsity level.
Two Kanawha County Schools were also represented in the Varsity division of the National History Bowl, with St. Albans High School and Nitro High School History Bowl teams qualifying for and attending the National Championships.
Photo by Dawn Combs. From left: John Ward, Ben Woods, Walker Combs.