Rippon Middle School Students Qualify for National Finals

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Students representing Rippon Middle School’s History and Geography Bee Club came away big winners at the National History Bee Regional Qualifier held at Thomas Jefferson High School in February. The students faced off against some of the best students in the Washington, D.C. area. Eighteen Rippon Raiders qualified for either or both the National History Bee and Geography Olympiad National Finals in June.

Six students finished among the top in the region for their grade level. Francis Nimako medaled as one of the top 10 6th graders in the region., In the 8th grade competition, Rippon students took four of the top 10 spots; Joshua Tamakloe, Utsav Adhikari, Diego Luque, and Ausdin Rahman each earned a medal. With a crowning achievement, George Tamakloe dominated the competition and won the 7th grade regional championship.

“We’ve skyrocketed in terms of student interest in the History and Geography Bee club,” commented Tamakloe. “Because of our success, now all kinds of students want to be involved.”

Seventh-grade history teachers Tom Warzywak, Domnick Virgillo and Ryan Hughes sponsor Rippon’s History and Geography Bee Club. In addition to the many national qualifiers, three Rippon students qualified for the International Finals of the Geography Olympiad.

“I am super excited to see our students excel in this competition,” said Rippon Principal Scott Bergquist. “They are making Rippon a true Destination School.”

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