Harvey junior Andrew Lebowitz has qualified for the International Geography Bee World Championship in Berlin this July as a New York State representative. Competing in the Varsity National History and Geography Bees in Washington, D.C. this spring, Andrew placed 31st in the country for geography.
Andrew’s interest in competing in history and geography tournaments started back in Harvey Middle School with his favorite teacher, Mr. Plaskett. Mr. Plaskett had all his eighth-grade students take a history exam to attempt to qualify for the regional finals of the National History Bee. The exam tested all areas of U.S. and World History knowledge, and a number of Harvey students met the challenge and qualified, including Andrew. Based on their performance at Regionals that year, Andrew and his classmates (Shaun Morelock, Alex Breitenbach, Sanath Kumar, and Alexander Ogg) went on to compete at the Middle School National History Bee Championship and the Middle School National History Bowl Championship. The team performed well, placing 19th among the more than 100 teams competing. Andrew also competed in the U.S.Geography Olympiad, Middle School Division, as an eighth-grader, finishing 23rd in the country.
Andrew’s interest was piqued, and he continued to excel with his vast knowledge of history and geography. He went on to compete in the Lower Hudson tournament in White Plains during his freshman and sophomore years, and then onto the National History Bowl in Crystal City, Virginia, where he placed 18th in the JV Division in 2017. Since 2016, Andrew has placed high in several tournaments:
- 1st at the 2018 Louisiana State Championship, Varsity Division, National History Bee
- 3rd at the 2018 Colorado State Championship, Varsity Division, National History Bee
- 2nd at the 2018 Louisiana State Championship, Varsity Division, National History Bowl
- 2nd at the 2017 Washington State Championship, JV Division, National History Bee
- 1st at the 2017 Washington State Championship, JV Division, National History Bowl
- 3rd at the 2016 Pennsylvania State Championship, JV Division, National History Bee
Andrew also qualified for the History Olympiad World Championship, also in Berlin in July, but will focus on the International Geography Bee World Championship. It’s going to be an exciting summer for Andrew! Best of luck.