Gaiser, Jason Lee, Eisenhower, Felida, Walnut Grove, Marshall, Lake Shore, Thomas Jefferson

Seventeen Vancouver students competed in the Regional History Bee on March 8. Pictured above, back row from left: Dariian Holloway, Gaiser Middle School; Allison Underland, Gaiser; Andrew Douglas, Jason Lee Middle School; Josh Wuethrich, Eisenhower Elementary; and Shaylin Murphy, Eisenhower. Middle row: Josephine Diaz, Lake Shore Elementary; Jo’siah Osburn, Walnut Grove Elementary; Matthew McRae, Felida Elementary; Andrew Eussen, Eisenhower; Alexander Smith, Thomas Jefferson Middle School; and Peniel Louman, Felida. Back row: Ami Trueblood, Felida; Tim Puruckherr, Felida; Tommy Blau, Lake Shore; Preston Hall, Lake Shore; Madison Johnson, Marshall Elementary; and Jaedyn Gilson, Walnut Grove.

On March 8, more than 200 elementary and middle school students from Oregon and Southwest Washington, including 17 from Vancouver Public Schools, competed in the regional History Bee held at Columbia River High School.

After three rounds of questions about U.S. and world history, four VPS students earned spots in the top eight and qualified for the National History Bee in Atlanta, Georgia, in June:

Elementary division (fourth through sixth grades)

  • Josh Wuethrich, Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Jo’siah Osburn, Walnut Grove Elementary School
  • Alexander Smith, Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Eighth-grade division

  • Andrew Douglas, Jason Lee Middle School

In addition, the following VPS students also qualified for the National History Bee:

Elementary division (fourth through sixth grades)

  • Tommy Blau, Lake Shore Elementary School
  • Shaylin Murphy, Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Mathew McRae, Felida Elementary School
  • Tim Lukas Puruckherr, Felida Elementary School

Eighth-grade division

  • Allison Underland, Gaiser Middle School

The regional competition is coordinated by David Douglas, a teacher at Columbia River High School.