Everett High School recently hosted the 2nd Annual History Bee and Bowl, where two squads from the EHS Crimson Crush Academic Team qualified for the National competition in Washington, DC.
This year, the Crimson Crush sent one Varsity and one Junior Varsity team, with Captains Widdler Faustin (varsity) and Eric Trickett (JV) qualifying to compete in the individual Bee as well. Student members of the Crimson Crush enjoyed the learning experience as they competed against teams from around the United States and the world. Also present were representatives from Guam and Japan who have not only been competing in Quiz Bowls for decades, but also attend schools where classes on Quiz Bowl competition are taught. Everett’s representative team was in illustrious company.
The Crimson Crush team members entered into each of their events ready to compete against, and eager to learn from, all the opposing teams present. Morning and afternoon rounds were held at museums and cultural foundations throughout the city. Crimson Crush varsity squad had the fortune of competing at the Department of the Interior. The J.V squad attended matches at the Spy and Crime Museums.
During their limited down time, the Crimson Crush managed to take a bus tour which allowed them to view and learn about some of the finest national treasures our nation’s capital have to offer; such as, the Washington Monument, Lincoln, Jefferson Memorial and the newly developed Martin Luther King, Jr, Memorials, the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, as well as the changing of the guards at Arlington National Cemetery.
Students enjoyed their time in Washington D.C. and were proud to have participated in the 2nd Annual National History Bee and History Bowl. The group consensus regarding the trip was “This is a time I will never forget! It was the best trip I have ever been on.” We are all thankful for the continued support shown to us by the Everett School Department, local businesses and citizens of Everett. All members are looking forward to next year’s competition.
We would also like to note that the Crimson Crush coach, Janine Simard, was a recipient of the National Coach of the Year award. This award was given by the National History Bee and Bowl organization. When asked how it felt to be given such a prestigious award Ms. Simard replied, “ I could never have done this without the hard work and dedication of my students…they are my inspiration.”