2008 Georgetown University History Bowl
Intercultural Center, Georgetown University Campus
Hosted by Beta Pi Chapter, Phi Alpha Theta
Saturday, March 15, 2008
The 2008 Georgetown University History Bowl was the fifth annual tournament sponsored by Beta Pi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, Georgetown University's chapter of the national collegiate history honor society.
Pictures from the day's competition are available below:
Wakefield High School
Calvert Hall College High School
GU History Bowl’s first All-Girls’ School: Notre Dame Prep
North County High School
Wootton High School
Benjamin Banneker High School
Yorktown High School
Ms. Goldberg (Severna H.S.) and Ms. Moore (Duke Ellington H.S.), Faculty Coaches
Waiting for the Awards Assembly to begin
Third Place Award: Paul VI (11 W/ 2L), returning from podium (many apologies for the blurred image)
Second Place Award: Mount Saint Joseph High School (12 W/ 1 L)
First Place Award and 2008 Tournament Champions: Severna Park (13 W, undefeated!)
Tournament All-Stars (bracketed by the tournament co-directors): L – R: Kevin C. (Paul VI); Colin L. (Calvert Hall); and Peter T. and Mary H., (both of Severna Park). Not on the podium at the time: Glen R. (Benjamin Banneker)
Faculty newly presented with “History Bowl Outstanding Faculty Mentor Service Awards” (4 years): Mr. Folmer and Mr. Shearer (Mount Saint Joseph); Mr. Owen (Georgetown Prep); Ms. Goldberg (Severna Park); and Mr. Lenihan (Yorktown)
Outstanding Faculty Mentors-- faculty who have brought teams to the Georgetown University History Bowl for either all five years of its existence or for four full years: L – R: Mr. Letellier (Commonwealth Governors’ School); Mr. Gesker (Paul VI); Ms. Brewer (North County); Mr. Folmer and Mr. Shearer (Mount Saint Joseph); Mr. Owen (Georgetown Prep); Ms. Goldberg (Severna Park); Mr. Lenihan (Yorktown); Dr. Moore (Calvert Hall)
Thanks to the wonderful Georgetown students who worked very hard to bring about the 2008 History Bowl. Depicted here are graduate student Christina P., who has given truly invaluable assistance to all five of the History Bowls; David P., 2008 tournament co-director and a major editor of questions for the tournament; and Dan R., question-writer and assistant tournament director in 2007 and 2008 tournament co-director, as well as a major editor of questions for the 2008 tournament. A hearty thanks!
The Georgetown University History Bowl is a College Bowl-style academic tournament for local high school students enrolled in European History courses. Currently it consists of 13 round-robin rounds to accommodate students from 14 different high schools in the D.C. - Maryland - Virginia area. Each team may play only four students in a given round, but teams can include up to four additional students as alternates. The rounds last approximately 25 minutes each and consist of 12 toss-up questions per round, each with a bonus question. The questions cover all areas of European history from the beginning of the Renaissance to the summer of 1914, before the outbreak of World War I.
The entry fee is $45 per team, but a $15 discount is given to all schools bringing a working buzzer system that can be used at the Bowl. We offer free parking on campus for teachers and a limited number of spaces for other drivers willing to car pool. Also, we supply refreshments at the opening and closing assemblies, and awards for the winning teams and the five highest-scoring students who become the tournament "All-Stars". A classroom will be available for persons wanting to bring a brown bag lunch for the day, but Hoya Court, the food court in the Leavey Student Center, will be open for those wishing to purchase lunch.
- Campus Maps & Directions to Georgetown University
- Definition of Terms [revised 2/2007]
- Sample Questions [new 2/2007]
- Schedule for the Day [new 2/2008]
- Tournament Rules [revised 2/2007]
Schools competing in the 2008 tournament:
- 1. Benjamin Banneker High School (Washington, DC)
2. Calvert Hall College High School (Baltimore, MD)
3. Commonwealth Governor's School (Fredericksburg, VA)
4. Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington, DC)
5. Georgetown Preparatory School (North Bethesda, MD)
6. Mount Saint Joseph's High School (Baltimore, MD)
7. North County High School (Glen Burnie, MD)
8. Notre Dame Preparatory School (Towson, MD)
9. Paul VI Catholic High School (Fairfax, VA)
10. Severna Park High School (Severna Park, MD)
11. Urbana High School (Frederick, MD)
12. Wakefield High School (Arlington, VA)
13. Wootton High School (Rockville, MD)
14. Yorktown High School (Arlington, VA)
About Phi Alpha Theta and Beta Pi Chapter
Phi Alpha Theta is the national collegiate honor society for history. It was founded in 1921 at the University of Arkansas and has grown to include approximately 900 chapters at colleges and universities around the country. Its active members are upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and professors.
Georgetown's chapter of the honor society, Beta Pi chapter, was founded in 1948 and is the oldest chapter in Phi Alpha Theta's Mid-Atlantic (Maryland-Delaware-Washington, D.C.) region. Former President Bill Clinton became a member of Beta Pi Chapter in 1967 when he was an undergraduate at Georgetown. Phi Alpha Theta members gather during the academic year for various activities related to history. For example, Beta Pi chapter hosts a Halloween screening of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and lecture on Vlad Tepes, walking tours of historic Georgetown, and a Research Series where advanced undergraduates and doctoral students help critique drafts of each other's historical writing. It also takes students to the annual Mid-Atlantic Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, where Beta Pi members have a tradition of winning "best paper" prizes.
For more information, contact Professor Sandra Horvath-Peterson
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