South Middle School Sixth Grader Places in Division’s Top Ten for History Channel’s National History Bee

South Middle School sixth grader Jackson Galati

Newburgh Enlarged City School District South Middle School honor students, as well as selected students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, recently participated in the upstate New York division of the History Channel’s National History Bee. The division is comprised of the entire state of New York, excluding the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island.

During the three-part scholastic event, students first competed in an in-school 80-question Intramural Bee beginning in December. Intramural Bee Champions then advanced to the second stage, the Online Regional Qualifying Exam, comprised of 80 questions and entirely multiple-choice.

Students scoring in the top three for South Middle School:

1st place Sam Conti, 8th grader
2nd place Jackson Galati, 6th grader
3rd place Jack Anderson, 8th grader

On Thurs., January 26, 2012, top-scoring students from throughout upstate New York advanced to the Regional’s in Bethlehem, New York. South Middle School’s Jackson Galati, accompanied by family members and his teachers, Alice Kish and Jonelle Formato-Santo, traveled to Bethlehem, New York, to participate in the Regional’s. After a series of three 45-question rounds, Galati placed seventh in the top ten, representing the Newburgh Enlarged City School District and the Hudson Valley. “It is encouraging to see middle school students exhibit a passion for history and exciting to have Newburgh students perform well in the National History Bee. Newburgh, and the entire Hudson Valley, has a rich history and it is great for our students to be aware of it, and to be celebrated for their knowledge. We congratulate all of the students, and their teachers, at South Middle School who participated,” said NECSD Director of Social Studies George Teasdale.

Press release from Kerry Butrick