Newburgh Students Represent at History Channel's National History Bee

Press Release : South Middle School honor students, as well as select students from 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.  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 multiple-choice questions. 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 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, were there. 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," said George Teasdale - director of Social Studies for the NECSD. "Newburgh, and the entire Hudson Valley, has a rich history and it is great for our students to be aware of it. We congratulate all of the participating students, and their teachers, at South Middle School. <em>Kerry Butrick is the Media Relations Specialist for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District</em>