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Heritage students fare well at history, geography bees

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:22 PM

The Nashville Regional History Bee was held March 31 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School in downtown Nashville. 

Four students from Heritage Christian Academy, a homeschool co-op and tutorial, participated. John Alex Dickens, a sixth grader from Lebanon; Jerod Fetters, an eighth grader from Mt. Juliet; Isaac Howard, a seventh grader from Mt. Juliet; and Faith Bambas, an eighth grader from Lebanon, participated. 

Dickens won first place and Fetters made it to the top-four finals. All four contestants, among others from around the state and nation, qualified to the National History Bee in Atlanta on June 16. 

This is the second consecutive year Dickens won the Nashville Regional Championship.

The Tennessee Geography Bee was held April 4 at Martin Professional Development Center in Nashville. 

There were 102 students who competed for the opportunity to win the Tennessee championship and advance to the national finals in Washington, D.C. Students first had to win their school geography bee and then take a qualifying test to be invited to the Tennessee Geography Bee.

After the preliminary rounds, 13 students correctly answered all questions correctly, which led to an unprecedented tiebreaker for the coveted top 10 spots. Dickens advanced to the top 10 final round and placed sixth in the top 10.

This was the third consecutive year Dickens placed in the top 10 at the Tennessee Geography Bee.

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