The Dayton Daily News covered John John Groger's, '20 placement at the National History Bee in Washington, D.C. Here's the full story:
On Saturday, April 23, Miami Valley School freshman John John Groger traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete in the freshman-sophomore division of the National History Bee and Bowl against America's top players.
In the National History Bowl, which features squads of up to four students competing against each other, John John teamed up with his brother William, an eighth grader. The two-man Team Groger finished the morning and afternoon rounds with a combined record of 7-3, good for 17th in the nation. But it turned out bigger things were in store.
In the History Bee, an individual competition, John John faced a field of over 200 students, including two previous national Bee champions, another member of last year's All-World First Team, and state champions from all over the country. Groger clawed his way through six preliminary rounds, earning the 12th seed in the playoffs. In the quarterfinals, John John was in last place in his flight, back against the wall, until exploding with three straight answers on the last three questions of the round and vaulting into the eight-man semifinals, where the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th-ranked players from the prelims were waiting for him. Only three from the group would make the finals, and Groger delivered, earning a place in the top six and finishing the afternoon ranked third in the nation.
"John John amazes me with how hard he works to improve at everything he does," said his academic team coach Tyler Benedict. "This was his first year competing in the History Bee, and he and his brother William represented our Miami Valley program and all of Ohio incredibly well. We're all very proud of them both."
In addition to his history pursuits, John John has enjoyed success at the National Geographic Bee as a multi-year state qualifier and won two consecutive middle school quiz bowl state championships with Miami Valley teams.