2019 NHBB New Jersey State Championships

Last weekend, a handful of New York teams traveled to Ridgewood High School for the NHBB New Jersey State Championships open to all teams who have not yet competed on B set History questions. Congratulations to Hunter A for winning the Varsity division and to Hunter B for winning the JV division.

Hunter A had an outstanding performance, sweeping the field with a 5-0 preliminary record averaging 467.5 points per game (scoring 540 points one round). Hunter A then went on to beat Ranney A 320-230 in Octofinals, Tenafly A 480-70 in Quarterfinals, George Washington (West Virginia) 350-210 in Semifinals, and High Tech A 320-180 in Finals. Hunter A qualified for the National tournament in Washington D.C.

Other strong New York Varsity performances include Fordham Prep A who qualified for Nationals as well, going 4-1 in prelims with 252 points per game. Fordham A lost to George Washington in Octofinals. Fordham Prep B also qualified for Nationals with a 3-2 record averaging 182.5 points per game.

In the JV division, Hunter B swept the field with a 4-0 preliminary record averaging 422.5 points per game. Hunter B defeated Princeton Day 390-90 in Octofinals, Wilton 380-80 in Quarterfinals, Millburn D 370-130 in Semifinals, and Teterboro 260-120 in Finals.

In Varsity History Bee, Daniel Ma of Hunter A won, scoring 36 points in the first three rounds and then scoring 7 points in Finals, beating out Walker Combs of George Washington on the Tiebreaker question. Brian Lu of Hunter A finished 4th overall with 27 points in the first three rounds and then 2 points in Finals. George Gristina of Fordham had 14 points and also qualified for Nationals.

In the JV division, Cerulean Ozarow of Hunter B won, scoring 34 points in the first three rounds and 5 points in Finals. Ian Lu of Hunter B had 30 points in the first three rounds, qualifying for the Finals.

For the US Geography Olympiad, Daniel Ma finished in second with a score of 94 on the written test, qualifying for the 2020 International Geography Bee World Championships. Brian Lu qualified for the National Championship with a score of 74.

For the US History Bee, Daniel Ma finished 3rd with a score of 85 on the written test, qualifying for Nationals. Ian Lu finished in 1st place in the JV division with a score of 79, qualifying for Nationals.

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