Two Ashville High School students are participating in this year’s National History Bee in Arlington, Va., April 26-28.
Nick Wilson and Jay Mattison competed in the Alabama State History Bee and the Florida Panhandle History Bee.
AHS Scholar’s Bowl sponsor Heather Warren said both these young men qualified for the National History Bee based on their performance at the state History Bee and Geography challenge back in January.
“They were both invited to compete in Florida as well, that was held earlier this month,” Warren said. “I am extremely proud of the hard work these guys have put in studying for these competitions. It is very challenging.”
Wilson placed fourth in the Alabama History Bee and second in the Florida History Bee.
“I did not have to go to Florida to compete to make it to nationals,” Wilson said. “It was just a great experience for me to go there. It was just great practice as I prepared for nationals.”
Wilson said it was the first time for a History Bee to take place in the state of Florida.
At a History Bee, eight people are at a table and compete against each other in a match.
“We are asked questions, and we have to buzz in to answer the questions,” Wilson said. “This is the first year I have ever competed in the History Bee.
“I am blessed God has gifted me with the passion I have for History. I love it to death. I want to one day be a History teacher or professor.”
Wilson, a junior at Ashville High, said he was a bit nervous, but feels good about going to the national History Bee.
“I feel I can represent Alabama very well,” Wilson said. “I feel I can go there and do a good job for my school and state.”
Mattison, who is a senior at AHS, finished ninth in the Alabama History Bee. He also competed in the Florida History Bee.
“I was proud that I placed,” Mattison said. “It is such a big opportunity for me and Nick. No one else here at Ashville has competed at the national level in competitive academics. I am just so excited about the opportunity. I can’t wait to go.”
Ashville High principal Patti Johnson said Jay and Nick have absolutely amazed her.
“I’m very proud of the accomplishments they had at the Alabama History Bee and the Florida History Bee,” Johnson said. “To be going to the nationals is just a testament to what their teachers and parents have accomplished with them.
“I am extremely excited for them to represent us in Arlington, Va. Ms. Warren has done an outstanding job. She has carried them to these events, using her own personal time.”