Athens Academy Student Competes in History Competitions
Jason Fern won the Georgia State Championships History Bee and competed as a one-man team in the National History Bowl.
Junior Jason Fern recently represented Athens Academy at the National History Bowl and Bee in Washington, D.C.* He qualified for the national competition by winning the Georgia State Championships History Bee held in McDonough, Georgia, in March. In the State History Bowl, Jason and a team from Chattahoochee tied in the championship round with Chattahoochee winning on a sudden-death tie breaker.
Almost 200 teams from across the nation competed in the History Bowl on Saturday, April 28. Most teams consisted of three or four members but Jason competed as a one-man team. Although always out-numbered, he won seven of ten qualifying rounds and advanced to the championship round of 32 teams before being eliminated by Ohio’s Warren G. Harding High School.
On Sunday, April 29, Jason was one of more than 200 individuals participating in the History Bee. The morning competition consisted of five rounds in which sets of eight students confronted questions on topics ranging from the ancient Middle East to Medieval England to American History prior to 1932 to the modern world. Jason won four of the five heats in which he participated and made it into the championship round of 20, where he lost in the semi-finals.
The grueling two-day competition lasted twelve hours on Saturday and another seven on Sunday at various sites in the Washington, D.C.-area, culminating at Mount Vernon in Virginia.
*A news release from Athens Academy