High Tech Wins The State History Bowl Competition

The NJ State History Bee & Bowl Championship was held at Ridgewood HS on Saturday, January 13, 2018. High Tech sent the following 3 Teams.

A Team Varsity
Doug Simons
Steven Liu
Cole Snedeker
Anna Cai 

B Team Varsity
Adrian Thamburaj
Darren Petrosino
Eric Zheng

JV Team
Frank Grabowski
Karen Li
Deepak Gopalakrishnan
Selena Liu

In the team History Bowl competition, the High Tech Varsity A team was undefeated to win the State Championship. The Varsity B team advanced to the Quarter-finals. In the JV division, our JV team won all their matches except for the final championship match against Ridgewood. The JV team fought valiantly by taking the last 5 questions but just missed winning the championship plaque, finishing in second place. 

In the individual Varsity History Bee competition, Doug Simons won the [second place] Silver Medal. Steven Liu and Cole Snedeker were also among the 10 varsity Bee finalists. There were also 3 High Tech students among the 10 JV Bee finalists: Frank Grabowski, Deepak Gopalakrishnan, and Karen Li. Karen was the only female among the 20 Bee finalists. Deepak and Karen were in a 3-way tie for the Bronze Medal [JV Bee], but lost in a single sudden death question. 

Sophomore Karen Li distinguished herself by winning the first place medal in the US History contest, JV division and an invitation to compete in the National US History contest in Washington DC in April.

Freshman Deepak Gopalakrishnan competed in US Geography Olympiad, JV Division, and just missed by one question from a perfect score. Deepak won the first place JV medal, and a Book Prize for the top Geography score, by also beating all those in the Varsity division, and received an invitations to compete in the National Geography Bee in Washington DC in April and the International Geography Bee in Berlin, Germany, in July.


The pictures below were taken by Ms. Li. The first picture is of the varsity A team and the second picture is of all the participants.