Greenwich third grader moves on to national bee

After winning the regional competition, Brandon Yu is headed to the National History Bee in June.

After winning the regional competition, Brandon Yu is headed to the National History Bee in June.

Brandon Yu, a third grader at Parkway Elementary School, is representing Greenwich on the national bee circuit after a recent win on the state level. He will be traveling to Atlanta in June to compete for the title of National History Bee champion.

Brandon recently competed against local elementary and middle school students to take home the title of Regional Elementary Champion for the Bridgeport region, which includes Greenwich.

This allows him to advance to the national contest, which is an academic competition for elementary and middle school students that tests knowledge of a wide range of historical topics that span world as well as U.S. history.

Students are quizzed on a number of historical facts including ancient civilizations and empires, governments, wars, international facts and figures, and modern history.

Brandon said he’s excited for the competition in June and that he has most enjoyed the U.S. history section, especially the American Revolution.

“I like the history bee because the format is really cool, and because history is something I can be a part of,” Brandon said.

When asked which historical figure he would most like to have dinner with, he replied, “Thomas Edison, because he was a great inventor, and I want to be an inventor when I grow up.”

Students participating in the history bee had to first qualify via an online history exam in early January.

From there, qualifying students were invited to one of the 37 nationwide regional finals.

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