On Thursday, April 23rd, four members of the Wheatley School’s Brainstormers team headed out to Washington, D.C. to compete against quiz bowl teams from across the United States in the National History Bee & Bowl Nationals Competition. Our team was composed of four very talented students from the Class of 2016:
- Gabriel Besada
- Luke Cuomo
- Mohammad Khanzada
- Jake Williams
Accompanying the students on this national competition was our faculty advisor, Joseph Crotty.
Upon arriving in Washington D.C., the team enjoyed a surprise visit to the United States Capitol Building. Randi Israel, a member of the Wheatley Staff, had arranged a special visit and VIP tour with Congressman Steve Israel and his staff. Congressman Israel was gracious enough to provide the team with his own personal 15 minute tour of the House of Representatives, in which the team met several other Representatives, including Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Congressman Mark Takano and Congressman Adam Schiff. Following the Congressman’s tour, members of his staff took the team on a two hour of the Capitol, which included a quick glimpse of the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and his entourage walking from the Speaker’s Chamber to the House of Representatives. Our students also enjoyed sitting in on debates in both the House of Representatives and Senate.
On Friday, it was time for work. All four members of the Wheatley team competed in the U.S. History Bee for the duration of the morning hours. After lunch, Luke and Gabe competed in the U.S. Geography Olympiad and Bee. In the evening, following the opening ceremonies, Mohammad, Luke and Jake competed in the National Sports & Entertainment Bee. Mohammad earned third place nationally in the competition.
On Saturday, the Wheatley team competed in 10 rounds of the National History Bee. During the afternoon session, the team was privileged to compete at the Middle Eastern Institute in Washington D.C. The team earned 1st place in the National History Bowl Consolation Tournament. The team was awarded with a championship plaque for their stellar performance in Saturday’s competition.
On Sunday, after Mohammad competed in the National History Bee, the team headed to Washington D.C. to tour our nation’s capital before heading back to Wheatley. Before departing for New York, the team ended a weekend full of great accomplishments, hard-work, and intellectual challenges with a paddle-boat ride next to the Jefferson Memorial.
Congratulations to the team, and thank you to Mr. Crotty for guiding the students in this competition!
[Thank you to Mr. Crotty for this write-up and the photos below!]