Both the varsity and junior varsity teams earned trips to national competition in Washington, D.C. in April.
The Bishop’s JV History Bowl team defeated Canyon Crest Academy in the final round to win the Southern California History Bowl
Championship for the second consecutive year on Saturday, March 3 at Alhambra High School. The varsity team, competing for the first time, finished in third place in their division; the top three teams qualify to go to the national competition next month. Sophomores Miles McInerney, Tobey Shim and Yasha Kharrati—who was unable to be at the SoCal event, but will join the group in D.C. in April—make up the JV team, while juniors Isabelle Kenagy, Rohit Raguram, and Ivan Savchuk compete for the varsity team.
are set for April 27-29 in Washington, D.C. Rohit traveled to nationals – and beyond – with the team last year; he recalls, “We spent every other day running through questions in preparation and generally having a wonderful time in the company of good friends. When we went to nationals, the atmosphere was electric with teams from all over the U.S.” In fact, the Bishop’s team qualified for the International History Bowl, which was held in Berlin last summer. He said it was “a wonderful experience I won’t soon forget.” Describing their first-time varsity competition this year, he said, “I couldn’t have been more proud of my team, and though we had a heart-breaking loss in the finals with a one-question margin, there was nothing that could bring us down after we learned that we had qualified for nationals.”
To prepare for the state competition, Miles explained, “I think we are fortunate that Tobey and I are interested in different historical periods and regions. We read a lot, which is the best preparation for history bowl. Participating in Academic League as a JV team also helps. We have learned to respond faster and have different strategies. The event in Alhambra was all day, so by the finals, we were really tired after six rounds. We faced a few really strong teams from the LA region that we have met in Quiz Bowl that are rather formidable. There are schools that have had teams for a number of years, so we are relative newcomers. In the end, we hope we can finish in the top 20 in the nationals.”
Isabelle added, “Most of us are interested in history on our own and have been studying history in our free time. It was a really nice feeling to do well and you sort of get a rush when you answer questions correctly. I'm really looking forward to being in Washington D.C. It is a city full of history and interesting sights and I can't wait to go. I also can't wait to see how good the teams there are. It will be interesting to see the hard work of all these teams paying off.”
Rohit concurs, saying, “I know that nationals will be tough, and that the caliber of the teams we will face there will be quite high, but I am certain that the Bishop’s teams will perform with the utmost zeal as we hope to qualify for the International History Bowl for a second time.”