Their hard work has paid off and now three Gilbert Intermediate students are advancing to the National Finals History Bee competition being held June 1-4 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The three students advancing are Andrew Kitchens, Timothy Pursell and Mason Tulley.

“They all committed to weekly practice starting in September and dedicated themselves to the competition,” said social studies teacher and coach Amanda Stanfield. “I am very proud of them all and now we are on to the next step.”

Over the weekend eight Gilbert students competed in the Austin Regional National History Bee at Holy Family Catholic School.

The students who competed were Kooper Vanden Berge, Anna Newcomb, Peyton Vanden Berge, Nicole Islas, Jace Patton, Andrew Kitchens, Mason Tulley and Timothy Pursell.

The three Gilbert students will compete against others from around the entire United States in two buzzer rounds and two multiple choice rounds with questions pertaining to U.S. and World history.

Last year was the first time Gilbert competed in the National History Bee with six students advancing to regionals and one, Tyler Patton, advancing to the National Finals contest.

“It was really a learning experience (last year) and the students were excellent at adapting to the new changes that came up,” Stanfield said about last year’s competitions.

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