National History Challenge

SC GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL FOR SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS MISSES OUT ON TRIPLE CROWN BY ONLY TWO QUESTIONS

The drama in advance of the Second Annual National History Challenge was whether The South Carolina School for Science & Mathematics, having won our National Literature Challenge and National Science Challenge last fall, would win the National History Challenge as well. In the playoffs they defeated Passaic Valley (NJ) 195-95, then beat No. 1 seed Cartersville (GA) 215-105. In the meantime, Colonia (NJ) overcame Mid-Carolina (SC) 205-70 and outscored Leonia (NJ) 190-165.

In the finals, South Carolina took a 110-95 lead into the final round. In the Nonfiction category, Colonia scored on Ida Tarbell and SC on Alexis de Tocqueville. In Bill of Rights, Colonia identified the Third Amendment, and SC got Reserved Powers. The 17th Century category turned out to be the game-decider as Colonia stole the 20 points by identifying James I as the target of Guy Fawkes’s Gunpowder Plot, and scored on their own question, naming the Protectorate as that which governed England, 1653-1659. Colonia won the championship game, 195-170.

In the Middle School finals, Drexler (IA) gave perennial contender Warren (NJ) a run for their money, falling short by a score of 145-185.

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