Hook students at National History Bee

Three Hook students reach National History Bee
Posted on 06/01/2018
Three Hook Junior High School students are in Atlanta this weekend representing the High Desert at the National History Bee.

Seventh-grader Shon Brewer along with eighth-graders Benjamin Cash and Cristian Juarez competed at the Regional History Bee finals in Los Angeles earlier this school year and are among just 48 students from Southern California who qualified for the nationals.

“It is hard to imagine that three of 48 students from all of Southern California’s many schools came from the High Desert, making it a significant honor,” Hook teacher Nancy Noble said. “In past years, Hook has never even had qualifiers for the Regional Finals. Having three in the National Bee is a dream come true, an honor to be claimed by the whole High Desert as proof of the excellence of its students.”

To pay for the cross-country trip for the students and their parents/guardians, the school reached out to the High Desert Community Foundation and secured a donation from the Walter E. Cramer and Margaret Muir Cramer Fund.

“We are very grateful to the Walter E. Cramer and Margaret Muir Cramer Fund and the High Desert Community Foundation,” Hook Principal Carlos Cerna said. “They are a blessing to many.”

To reach the nationals, the students’ history knowledge was tested at the L.A. regionals, where they competed in “a fast-paced and interactive buzzer format,” according to the National History Bee’s website.

The nationals began Friday, June 1, and conclude Saturday, June 2.

“We are extremely proud of these outstanding young men,” Cerna said. “We know they will represent Hook and the High Desert well.”
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