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The team got the spelling of Burschenschaft wrong. I used what they had on their sign.

organizers: Olivia Dineen and Dave Flournoy organized the history bee as their National Honor Society Service Project

Burschen and winners l-r Therese Ritchie, Ryan Kangas, Kelly Cherest, Marissa Smith FIRST PLACE

babbling Book Worms Justin Marple, Jordan Keating, Paul Thompson(math teacher) Shannon Murphy, Amber Kelley THIRD PLACE

His-Story Team David Flournoy, Anastasia Koulopoulos, Andrew Shepherd SECOND PLACE

fans Sam Roberts (in peach) Ashley Breault

girls Elisabeth Ryden (taller girl) and organizer Olivia Dineen made the tee shirts given to the winning team.

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By Anne O'Connor

Correspondent

TOWNSEND -- Three teams vied for top spot, testing their knowledge of history. Would it be The His-Story Team, the Babbling Book Worms or the Burschen-Schaften?

Everything was fluid in the final minutes before the competition began. Teams were still being finalized and the rules determined as the starting time approached.

The history bee was organized by North Middlesex Regional High School seniors Olivia Dineen and Dave Flournoy as their National Honor Society Service Project.

Proceeds from the April 3 event went towards the June Kelly Scholarship Fund. The former faculty advisor for the NHS died over a year ago. Perhaps the bee was the first history bee at the school, said Flournoy.


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The teams ranged in size from three to five members. One team, the Burschen-Schaften was rumored to be a ringer. They went over notes before the competition.

The Babbling Book Worms had a member of the faculty on board, Paul Thompson, a math teacher. The His-Storys thought they were going into competition with just two members, but gained a new player at the last minute.

Three judges kept track of the score and decided if answers were correct. During the first round, teams worked together and consulted before giving their answer.

If the answer was incorrect, the judges supplied the correct answer and the next team got a new question. The questions were provided by history faculty members.

The questions centered around United States and European history because that is what the high school curriculum covers, said teacher Kathy Penney. Any questions about other places were most likely to involve colonialism.

Faculty member Nancy Paterno read the questions. She asked who the founder of the U.S. Treasury was and continued reading, "He now works for Citizen's Bank."

"I can't believe I just read that," she said laughing at what another faculty member called a history joke.

The score after the first round was tight. The Burschen-Schaften and the His-Storys each had 18 points, and the Babbling Book Worms had 17.

The Worms were history and the stage was reset for the final round. Each competitor on the two top-placed teams had a button. The first person to press the button had one chance to answer the question.

If correct, Paterson moved to the next question on the list. If the answer was incorrect, the first person on the other team to press the button took a shot at the answer. If the score was tied after nine questions, one more question would be asked. It would become a sudden-death situation.

The tension mounted. Each contestant was on their own. There was no checking with teammates.

Once again, the results were close. The winner was the Burschen-Schaften team with five points compared to the His-Storys with four.

The afternoon, after expenses, netted $80 for the June Kelly Scholarship Fund.