Freeze | 3 Davao PISAY SMC scholars shine in 2018 IHBB Asian Division

Grade 9 students from Philippine Science High School – Southern Mindanao Campus brought honor to the country when they joined the International History Bee and Bowl – Asian Division on June 15 to 17, 2018, in Thailand by winning spots in the championships.

Faustina Sofia Castro, Josh Sexcion, and Joseph John Gonzales won Team Awards: 2nd Place in the 2018 Academic Bowl of Asia – Junior Varsity Division and Quarter Finalist in the International History Bowl 2018 Asian Championship – Junior Division.

Individually, Josh Ahiezer Sexcion bagged 1st place in the International History Open Bee Asian Championship – Junior Division and Joseph John Gonzales entered the semi-finals in the International History Bee 2018 Asian Championship – Junior Varsity Division.

The IHBB 2018 Asian Championships took place at JW Marriot Lak Resort and Spa, Khao Lak, Khuk Kak, Thailand.

The International History Bee and Bowl (IHBB) are history quiz competitions for individual students and school teams outside the United States. Within the United States, students compete in the comparable National History Bee and Bowl; the same organization, International Academic Competitions, oversees the International and National (i.e. American) tournaments. The International History Bee and Bowl debuted in the 2011-2012 school year in Europe and Asia.

The International History Bee and Bowl test knowledge of all aspects of history in a buzzer-based competition format, which bears a resemblance to some television quiz shows. However, unlike on a quiz show most IHBB questions are paragraph-length, and move from harder to easier information. When students think they know the answer, they ring in with the buzzer. If they are correct, they, or their team members get points, if incorrect, then the other students (in the History Bee) or the other team (in the History Bowl) has an opportunity to hear the rest of the question. All IHBB matches are conducted in English – tournaments in other languages may be added at some point in the future. (Wikipedia)

Last March 3, 2018, Faustina Sofia Castro, Josh Sexcion and Joseph John Gonzales competed in the International History Bee and Bowl – Philippine Regionals at La Salle Greenhills. They won as champion in the Junior Division Category of the Quiz Bowl along with another PSHS-SMC Grade 9 scholar, Cyrus Mari Lopez. This qualified them to join in the Asian Division in Thailand and in the History Olympiad in Berlin Germany. In the said competition, Cyrus also bagged the second place in the Quiz Bee, Junior Varsity Division. While Faustina Sofia Castro and Joseph John Gonzales got in the semi-final rounds.

During the said competition, the Varsity Division of the PSHS-SMC composed of Timothy John Najarro and Cyro Defensor also won as champion in the Quiz Bowl. Both also qualified in the Asian Division in Thailand and in the History Olympiad in Berlin Germany, though they were not able to join.

Their coach, Miss Krishna Mie C. Zabate, accompanied the team. Miss Zabate is a faculty of the Social Science Unit of PSHS-SMC.

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