PCA Quiz Bowl Students Sweep New Hampshire History Bee and Bowl
Portsmouth Christian Academy high school Quiz Club students made some history of their own, sweeping both the New Hampshire History Bowl State Championship and the individual History Bee State Championship, held at Hanover High School Nov. 23.
PCA seniors Jonah Abraham (Waterboro, ME) and John Sipp (Somersworth) were winner and runner up, respectively, of the New Hampshire History Bee, which attracted history buffs from both New Hampshire and Vermont high schools. Abraham and Sipp, together with senior Emily Wilson (Dover) and junior Nate Foster (North Berwick, ME), also won the state championship team event, the History Bowl, defeating Burlington High School in an exciting finale. PCA’s B team of Tommy Longo (Madbury), Christian Mayoral (York, ME), Vibhav Jha (Dover), and Riley Sipp (Somersworth), were semifinalists in the History Bowl playoffs.
With these regional wins, the PCA History Bowl team has also qualified for the National History Bowl Championships in April 2014 in Washington, DC.
Jonah Abraham and John Sipp also qualified for the National History Bee Varsity Championships and PCA’s Riley Sipp, qualified for the junior varsity National History Bee, also to be held next April in Washington, DC.
“I am very proud of my own performance, but even more so of my team’s,” says State Bee winner Jonah Abraham, who served as Captain of PCA’s History Bowl A Team. “We had been practicing pretty intensely. Even on the bus on the way there, we quizzed each other. By the end of the tournament, when we were so close to winning, the adrenaline kept us alert and awake. It was a stimulating experience. I am excited to have won both the Bee and the Bowl, and hope to perform equally well at Nationals in Washington, DC!”
Abraham said he felt well prepared for the event. “The PCA history department is one of the school’s greatest strengths,” says Abraham. “The classes are challenging, but well worth the work. I have learned so much from the PCA history program and am very thankful for it.”
“History is one of those school subjects that doesn’t frequently show up in your everyday life, and that’s why for us history lovers, winning the New Hampshire History Bee and Bowl was a blast. For once, we could put all those things we learned, whether from class or from our own curiosity, into play, and it certainly paid off!” says John Sipp, History Bee runner-up and A Team Co-Captain.
“It was really cool to answer questions and remember the lecture from Dr. Gamble where I learned about the answer, or to remember the story I read in some book, and so it was gratifying to let all my experience come together into one, excellent performance, and I’m sure it was the same for my teammates as well,” says Sipp.
“I was so impressed by of our students, who showed real understanding of the sweep of history, from ancient times to very recent events. It was a grueling day-long competition but they kept their focus and camaraderie throughout, and I am so proud of their individual and team success,” says PCA Librarian Donna Capern, who co-coaches the Quiz Club team with history teacher Dr. Raymond Gamble.