GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Daniel Odenthal and Ryan Newman, two 5th graders at Bayou View Elementary, recently traveled to Chicago June 10 - 12 to compete in the 2016 Elementary and Middle School National History Bee.
The History Bee is a nationwide quiz-style competition, testing hundreds of students on a variety of historical subjects. The competition is in its sixth year of operation, and is open to students of all ages (most beginning around 4th grade), with 'Elementary and Middle School', 'JV', and 'Varsity' subdivisions.
Daniel's mother, Janet Odenthal says she was pleased with the competition.
"The competition is so well planned and well run," Odenthal said. "It's fascinating to watch these kids and see them compete at this level."
Daniel and Ryan qualified for the competition through the Online Regional Qualifying Exam, both scoring high in the multi-state regional completion and securing their golden ticket to Chicago.
The 2016 Elementary and Middle School National History Bee featured nearly 400 competitors from all over the United States.
It was Daniel's second time at the National History Bee. Although he didn't rank in the top 100, he improved from his rank from the previous year. When asked about his plans to return for a third year, Daniel said definitely.
Ryan placed fourth in the Multi-State Regionals, and overall placed 73rd in Chicago.