National History* Challenge

Fall TOURNAMENT: January 8, 2022

The venue will be Google Meet which is free and easy-to-use. Start time will likely be 9:00 or 10:00 Eastern, but any Mountain & Pacific Time Zone teams may start later. Entry Fee: $75 per team

Each team will compete in at least three official tournament matches. Advancement to the Single Elimination playoffs will be determined by performance in the three preliminary games. All 2-1, and 3-0 teams will make the playoffs.

Your team contingent should include three or four starters and one or more coaches. Alternate(s) are allowed but must remain on mute until they are in play.


There will be two levels: High School and Middle School.


A tutorial on using the videoconferencing program relative to the tournament will be sent to all coaches in time for them to practice with their teams. Our tech coordinator will be available to answer all questions ahead of time and will be available by phone for all matches.


For this one-day tournament we will be limiting the field to no more than 36 teams.

Rules & Format

Other than the number of preliminary matches, all rules will be the same as those used at the National Academic Championship Rules

*with some Government and Current Events!

Advancing to the playoffs: both teams from the South Carolina Governor’s School of Science and Math; Hillcrest (SC), JFK (NJ), winners of our October National Science Challenge; Leonia (NJ); Roseville and Tartan, two Minnesota teams; Penn Trafford (PA); Braden River (FL); Russellville (AR); Norris (NE); Benedictine (OH); and Cartersville (GA). Both teams from South Carolina Governor’s School advanced to the Final Four, as did Norris and Tartan. Both semifinal games were gems. South Carolina beat Roseville 235-230 in overtime. Here’s the question that won it for them: “Double-shot your guns and give 'em hell,' ” was Zachary Taylor's command at this Mexican War battle of February 1847. His force was outnumbered three to one at Santa Ana, but the future President prevailed. Name the battle. (Ans. Buena Vista) Tartan then edged Norris, 200-195.

In the title match, South Carolina led Tartan at the end of the first period, 70-50. Thanks to sweeping the ART HISTORY bonus and the CORRUPT BARGAIN bonus, Tartan took a 135-115 lead into the final period. Tartan extended their lead 175-135. South Carolina then answered a question about the 1864 New York City draft riots and then tied the game after stealing Tartan’s American History question: “The said States hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them.” This sentence is taken from which political document? (Ans. Articles of Confederation) South Carolina took the lead after another steal, on this question: “Born a Lutheran in Prussia, he spent more than half his life in England and lived and died in poverty. Which philosopher gets credit for the formulation of Dialectical Materialism and the Labor Theory of Value?” Tartan went with Friedrich Engels, but South Carolina went with Karl Marx. The final score: the South Carolina Governor’s School of Science and Math 250, Tartan 195. We salute the South Carolina Governor’s School for putting an emphasis on Science & Math without ignoring History.

Township of Warren Middle School (NJ) won the middle school title.