• March 19, 2024

    Three advance to national academic bees

    Academic BeesThree Upper St. Clair students recently qualified to advance to the national and international levels of the History Bee, Geography Bee and Science Bee competitions. The Southern Pennsylvania Regional Finals for the History, Geography and Science bees, sponsored by the International Academic Competitions, were held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Somerset, Pa.

    Bernard Huang, a seventh grader at Fort Couch Middle School, placed second in the Geography Bee and third in the History Bee. In addition, he previously placed first in the Junior Varsity division in the History Bee on Dec. 2, 2023, in Buffalo, New York. He has qualified for the national and international competitions in all three events. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Bernard has advanced in the competition.

    Siblings Avik Pandey, grade seven, and Artharv Pandey, grade three, each placed second in their respective divisions in the Science Bee. Both students now advance to the national and international competitions. This marks the third year in a row that Avik has advanced in the competition.

    “Artharv found inspiration from his elder brother Avik who has been successfully qualifying and winning this competition for the past three years,” Sangeeta Pandey, Artharv and Avik’s mom, said.

    The bees are buzzer-based quiz competitions for elementary, middle and high school-aged students throughout the United States. Each of the bees is composed of three competition stages, including the Online Regional Qualifying Exam, the Regional Finals, and the National Championships.

    This marks the second year in a row that Bernard and Avik will compete at nationals. Last year, competing at the elementary level, both students advanced to the national quarterfinals.

    The National History, Geography and Science bees will be held May 23-27, 2024, in Orlando, Fla.