2009 Georgetown University Bowl
Intercultural Center, Georgetown University Campus
Hosted by Beta Pi Chapter, Phi Alpha Theta
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The 2009 Georgetown University History Bowl was the sixth annual tournament sponsored by Beta Pi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, Georgetown University's chapter of the national collegiate history honor society.
Photographs from the day’s competition:
Arrivals for the Welcome Assembly
Another view of arrivals waiting for the Welcome Assembly to begin
Registration Check-in Desk (Mrs. Pollin of Wootten High School [center] with Lauren D. and Nicole S. of Georgetown)
Tournament co-directors Chris M. and Lauren D. welcoming the high school students and faculty to the tournament
Gathering for the Awards Assembly at the end of the day
Announcement of the award winners by Henri M., Georgetown tournament statistician, with assistance from the tournament co-directors, Chris and Lauren
Third Place winners: Mount Saint Joseph’s High School with Mrs. Wiedel, substitute coach
Tournament co-champions: the Calvert Hall High School team with their teacher, Dr. Moore.
Tournament co-champions: the Severna Park High School team with their teacher, Mrs. Goldberg.
L-R: Laura H. (Severna Park), Will D. (Commonwealth Governor's School), Sarah B. (Urbana), and Paul M. (Calvert Hall). Our fifth All-Star, Lilia C. (Wakefield) was unable to stay for the Awards Assembly, but we will post of photo of her soon.
Congratulations to all for their hard work and for another very good tournament!
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
- Intercultural Center Floor Plan
- Sample Questions
- Schedule for the Day
- Tournament Rules
Schools that competed in the 2009 History Bowl 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. Mount Saint Joseph's High School (Baltimore, MD)
6. North County High School (Glen Burnie, MD)
7. Notre Dame Preparatory School (Towson, MD)
8. Paul VI Catholic High School (Fairfax, VA)
9. Severna Park High School (Severna Park, MD)
10. Urbana High School (Frederick, MD)
11. Wakefield High School (Arlington, VA)
12. Wootton High School (Rockville, MD)
13. 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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