The IHBB European Championships

The International History Bee and Bowl held its eighth annual European Championships at the International School of Paris on 24-26 May, 2019. Many thanks to ISP for hosting and to Ms. Genevieve McHoes for coordinating the hosting arrangements. Thanks to all who competed, staffed, and came to cheer on the competing students.  Full statistics are available here for the history competitions except for the History Bee Qualifying Round, whose stats are available here. Congratulations to our champions!

1. 2019 International History Bowl – European Championships
Varsity – Hockerill Angl0-European College, England
Junior Varsity – Eton College C, England
Middle School – QSI International School of Ljubljana, Slovenia

2. 2019 International History Bee – European Championships
Varsity – Juan Carlo Landayan, Qatar Academy Sidra, Qatar
Junior Varsity – Ido Kons, Reali School, Israel
Middle School – Filip Firlej, Collège André Corbet, France

3. 2019 International Geography Bee – European Championships
Varsity – Adam Wilson, Hockerill Anglo-European College, England
Junior Varsity – Artus Wolfensberger, Collège du Léman, Switzerland
Middle School – Nathan Nicholas, Zurich International School, Switzerland

4. 2019 Sports and Entertainment History Bee of Europe
Adult Division – John Dugan, Qatar Academy Sidra, Qatar
Varsity Division – Juan Carlo Landayan, Qatar Academy Sidra, Qatar
Junior Varsity Divisions – Yannick Neuffer, SIS Basel, Switzerland
Middle School – Matej Gavorik, SIS Basel, Switzerland

5. 2019 Academic Bowl of Europe
Varsity and Junior Varsity – SIS Basel, Switzerland
Middle School – Zurich International School, Switzerland

6. 2019 History Bee of Versailles (a side event held in the Versailles palace gardens featuring questions on the history of France)
Varsity – Pierre Achache, École Jeannine Manuel, France
Junior Varsity – Jeffrey Aroulanda, École Jeannine Manuel, France
Middle School – Marina Avilova, QSI International School of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Description of the 2019 European Championships Weekend

In the morning, we will visit the magnificent palace of Versailles, come bright and early if interested – we’ll meet at Versailles at 9:30. We’ll have a relatively early lunch, then have a special competition for all who are interested: The History Bee of Versailles! We will play with our battery-operated buzzers in a friendly tournament free for all participants which focuses on the history of France.
Those who are interested can then come with us to (or meet us at) IS Paris for the fourth annual Academic Bowl of Europe. No qualification is required! See prior European Championships’ question sets (listed under International Academic Bowl) for sample questions from this all-subject team quiz bowl competition. Rounds will feature 3 parts. In the first part, there will be 7 tossup questions and 7 3-question bonuses within the same academic discipline as the tossup (but not as directly related as History Bowl bonuses work). All bonus parts will bounce back, so the team that didn’t get the tossup will have a chance at them (unless neither team gets the tossup, in which case, the bonuses aren’t read). Each tossup question has 2 levels of power – for 20 and 10 points; incorrect answers do not lead to negative points. In the second part, there will be 4 60 second round choices (one each from literature, science, history/geography, and fine arts or religion/mythology). These will follow the usual IHBB 60 second round rules. The third part of the match works exactly like the first.
In the evening, after the Academic Bowl concludes, those who wish to join us for dinner can make reservations at a restaurant in Paris (location TBD).

Saturday will begin with our annual Sports and Entertainment History Bee, open to all students (and coaches and parents and family members in the Open Division!) No qualification is required – sample questions may be found here. In the mid-morning, we will transition from popular culture to geography with the preliminary rounds of the International Geography Bee European Championships. We will then have lunch, during which time, students who are present with their teams at the European Championships, but who have not yet qualified for the IHBB Europe History Bee Championships, may compete in our History Bee Qualifier. The qualifier consists of one round – students finishing in the top half in their division then can compete in the History Bee Championships. Students who do not qualify can compete in the IHBB Europe History Open Bee, which runs concurrently.
After the Qualifier concludes, we will run the final rounds of the Sports and Entertainment History Bee and the International Geography Bee, followed by the Opening Meeting and four preliminary rounds of the IHBB European History Bee Championships. The Championships will likely have a two-stage playoff in each age division, though this depends on the number of students competing.

Sunday is the day of the IHBB European History Bowl Championships! Five rounds of preliminaries and three rounds of playoffs will be contested. We will finish by no later than 16:00. If you are planning on returning home that evening, any train out of Paris at 17:00 or later or flight out of Paris Orly at 18:30 or Paris Charles de Gaulle at 18:45 or later should be fine. If your desired flight or train leaves prior to that, contact us, and we’ll let you know whether it might make sense to book it or not.

Students who win their age division at either the 2019 or 2020 International Geography Bee European Championships receive a reduction of $150 USD in entry fees to the 2020 International Geography Bee World Championships. This is now cumulative over the two years, however, if a student wins in both years.

Students who win their age division in the History Bee either the 2019 or 2020 IHBB European Championships receive a reduction of $150 USD in entry fees to the 2020 International History Olympiad. Students on a champion History Bowl in any age division receive a reduction in $100 USD in entry fees. These discounts are now cumulative over the two years and they can be combined (the maximum History Olympiad discount is thus $500).

For all questions on the IHBB and IGB European Championships, please contact Mrs Nolwenn Madden at

Academic Bowl Teams
1. International School of Paris A
2. International School of Paris B *
3. International School of Paris C #
4. St John’s College *
5. Zurich International School #
6. Collège André Corbet #
7. Black Forest Academy #
8. Ecole Jeannine Manuel A
9. Ecole Jeannine Manuel B *
10. SIS Basel

Date May 24, 2019
Registration Deadline May 17, 2019 7:00pm EST
Address 45 rue Cortambert, Paris, France
Coordinator Nolwenn Madden
Director Nolwenn and David Madden
Schedule of Events
9:30Optional Sightseeing Excursion to Versailles
12:15The History Bee of Versailles Prelim Round (First Group)
12:45The History Bee of Versailles Prelim Round (Second Group)
1:15The History Bee of Versailles Final Round
1:35Leave for Intl. School of Paris
2:45Academic Bowl of Europe - Doors Open
3:10Academic Bowl - Please Arrive By This Time!
3:15Academic Bowl Opening Meeting
3:30Academic Bowl Round 1
4:05Academic Bowl Round 2
4:40Academic Bowl Round 3
5:15Academic Bowl Round 4
5:50Academic Bowl Round 5
6:25Academic Bowl Round 6 / Finals
6:50Academic Bowl End
7:45Group Dinner
8:45Sports & Entertainment Bee Doors Open
9:00Sports & Entertainment Bee Please Arrive By This Time!
9:05Sports & Entertainment Bee Opening Meeting
9:20Sports & Entertainment Bee Round 1
9:50Sports & Entertainment Bee Round 2
10:20Intl. Geography Bee European Championships - Please Arrive By This Time!
10:30Intl. Geography Bee - Opening Meeting
10:50Intl. Geography Bee Round 1
11:20Intl. Geography Bee Round 2
11:45Intl. Geography Bee Round 3
12:40History Bee Qualifier Check In
12:50History Bee Qualifier Opening Meeting
1:05History Bee Qualifier
1:30Intl. Geography Bee Finals
2:00Sports & Entertainment History Bee Finals
2:20History Bee Check In (Snack Break)
2:35History Bee - Please Arrive By This Time!
2:50History Bee Opening Meeting
3:15History Bee Round 1
3:50History Bee Round 2
4:20History Bee Round 3
4:50History Bee Round 4
5:45History Bee Finals
8:45Doors Open for History Bowl
9:10Please Arrive By This Time for History Bowl!
9:25History Bowl Opening Meeting
9:55History Bowl Round 1
10:35History Bowl Round 2
11:15History Bowl Round 3
11:55History Bowl Round 4
12:35History Bowl Round 5
1:40Playoff Assignments Posted
1:55History Bowl Playoff Round 1
2:35History Bowl Playoff Round 2
3:10History Bowl Playoff Round 3
4:00History Bowl End
  1. Intl. School of Paris A *
  2. Intl. School of Paris B #
  3. Reali School *
  4. Hockerill Anglo-European College
  5. Zurich International School #
  6. Collège du Léman *
  7. SIS Basel A *
  8. SIS Basel B #
  9. St. John's College *
  10. Collège André Corbet #
  11. St. Stephen's School, Rome A *
  12. St. Stephen's School, Rome B *
  13. Team Emona Griffins #
  14. Eton College A
  15. Eton College B
  16. Eton College C *
  17. International School of Geneva - Campus des Nations
  18. Qatar Academy Sidra
  19. Ecole Jeannine Manuel A
  20. Ecole Jeannine Manuel B *
* denotes junior varsity
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