From 15th–17th June, Harrow Hong Kong’s History teams travelled to Phuket to compete in the Asian Championships, determined to test themselves against the best schools in the region, and build on their achievements at last year’s finals in Singapore.
With 52 teams competing from over 40 different schools, the standard was very high and the opposition was as tough as ever.
In the Individual Bee, there were excellent performances from every pupil. In the Junior Varsity division, Julien (Year 10, Churchill) achieved a ninth place out of 32 competitors, and Kevin (Year 10, Churchill) made it all the way to the semi-finals.
In the Middle School section, Brayden (Year 7, Darwin) claimed a fourteenth place out of 71 competitors, and Russell (Year 8, Shackleton) raced into the semi-finals with a commanding display of historical knowledge.
In the Open Bee, Jonathan (Year 7, Banks) and Yannis (Year 8, Shackleton) achieved the first and second place respectively to claim some much deserved silverware.
In an additional cross-curricular component of the weekend’s competition, Russell finished the second overall in the Asian Geography Bee.
There was also much to celebrate in the Team Bowl. Very well done to Harrow Hong Kong’s first girls’ team at the Asian Championships can be proud of finishing tenth overall out of 21 teams, narrowly missing out on a quarter-final berth.
The Middle School boys’ team progressed all the way to the semi-finals, before narrowly losing out and finishing in the fourth place after an additional tense match in the third/fourth place play-offs against Garden International School Kuala Lumpur.
It was the Junior Varsity team that ultimately stole the show beating International Community School Thailand in the semi-finals to set up an Asian Championship showdown against Tsinghua International School China. The boys lost the final to some very impressive opposition but can all be extremely proud of this fantastic achievement.
All Harrow Hong Kong teams can reflect with considerable pride on their achievements. For some, this was their fourth Asian Championships, and they should be congratulated for their sustained commitments to the History Bee and Bowl.
In the Middle School, Harrow was represented by the following pupils:
Audrey (Year 8, Parks)
Aneka (Year 9, Gellhorn)
Annie (Year 9, Wu)
Arhan (Year 9, Shaftesbury)
Brayden (Year 7, Darwin)
Chloe (Year 8, Nightingale)
Christy (Year 9, Gellhorn)
Russell (Year 8, Shackleton)
Jonathan (Year 7, Banks)
Nicholas (Year 7, Banks)
Stella (Year 8, Fry)
Yannis (Year 8, Shackleton)
In the Junior Varsity, Harrow was represented by the following pupils:
Daniel (Year 10, Peel)
Julien (Year 10, Churchill)
Kevin (Year 10, Churchill)
Kush (Year 9, Shaftesbury)
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the competition and represented the School so admirably.