Famous American statesman Henry Clay once said, “ Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition.”
The Social Studies Department wanted to both capture the spirit of competition and to celebrate the Social Studies curriculum with it’s first ever Social Studies Bee. Eighty-four students competed in the Bee, which was held in the brand new Performing Arts Center on Thursday January 17. The students used the app Quizizz to answer fifty-five questions from US History, World History,Government, and from some electives such as Economics.
The students seemed both focused on the event and ready to have some fun learning.
Senior Samantha Welninski commented, “Competing against friends in the Social Studies Bee was extremely fun in the new Performing Arts Center. However, the best part was Assistant Principal Mr. Wargin’s enthusiastic commentary on the microphone announcing the shifting scoreboard to raise the stakes.”
Celebrating Social Studies was another important element of this event. Social Studies teacher Patrick DiFilippo exclaimed, “This was exactly what we wanted for the first round of the event. We wanted students to enjoy the event, highlight some of the great courses we offer here like History of Chicago, and get a field narrowed down to ten for a second round of competition.”
Students Sami Osmani, Samantha Welninski, Matelda Sweis, Matthew Plutz, Pablo Macias, Martin Sheehan, James Fetzer, Lucas Sodaro, Amin Al-Ashqar, and Cesar Vazquez competed in the second round on Thursday, January 24. They competed in more of a Scholastic bowl type challenge complete with their own buzzers to determine the Social Studies Bee Champion.
Third place went to Matelda Sweis, second place was awarded to Martin Sheehan, and the Social Studies Bee Champion is Amin Al-Ashqar. All winners received Amazon gift cards.