The Staff of the 2018 International History Olympiad will be announced on a rolling basis throughout 2018. The staff members below are confirmed to be staffing; staff members with a * next to their name will also be staffing the International Geography Bee World Championships on July 11-17.
Ankit Aggarwal is a software engineer at Workday, Inc, based in Pleasanton, CA. While captain of the quiz bowl team at Bellarmine College Preparatory, he won the NAQT HSNCT and the HSAPQ NASAT and finished 2nd at the PACE NSC. In addition, his team finished as Runner Up in the 2012 National History Bowl and he finished as a quarterfinalist that year in the National History Bee. In college, he served as President of the Quiz Bowl Club at UC Berkeley, where he graduated with degrees in economics and statistics and a minor in mathematics, winning the undergraduate Division I Title at the 2016 ICT. Ankit has played a key role in organizing numerous quiz bowl tournaments in Northern California, including the California Cup series. In addition, he served as a Northern California Tournament Director for NHBB for over two years. He has written for previous International History Olympiads and subject-edited for the ACF Fall and the PACE NSC tournaments in the past. He loves watching tennis.
Shravan Balaji (IGB Worlds Only)
Shravan Balaji is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Economics and International Studies. He started playing the National History Bee and Bowl in 11th grade, and has been working for International Academic Competitions and the National History Bee and Bowl since he left high school. At this summer’s International Geography Bee World Championships, he will overseeing and coordinating the geography simulation, which is meant to be an exciting chance for students to fully immerse themselves in the world of historical geopolitics. He will also be assisting with the development of the historical simulation of the Potsdam Conference at the International History Olympiad. He looks forward to meeting students and continuing to further the mission of the IGB World Championships and the Olympiad in Berlin.
Michael Borecki *
Michael Borecki is the Northeast Regional Coordinator for the National History Bee and Bowl in the USA. He is currently studying as a first-year student at Bowdoin College, with hopes to double-major in Economics and Government. Michael is the founder and President of Bowdoin Quiz Bowl, and previously served as the team captain at Darien High School in Connecticut, where he also competed in the National History Bowl. Michael holds the record for preliminary score (42) at a Regional History Bee, and competed at the 2015 and 2017 US National Championships. In addition to quiz competitions, Michael is a member of Bowdoin’s Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team and Model UN. He is very excited to be staffing his first International History Olympiad and IGB World Championships this summer.
Wayne Clark, originally from Ohio, served in the United States Navy for 20 years aboard submarines as a Nuclear Machinist Mate. Upon his retirement Wayne attended Ohio University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Math Education with a minor in Spanish. After several years in the classroom Wayne earned National Board Certification and continued his education earning a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning Mathematics from Drexel University. Wayne has taught all levels of High School Mathematics including AP Statistics and AP Calculus AB & BC. During his tenure at Parkersburg High School in West Virginia Wayne served as the Coach for the Academic Teams. He is very proud of their accomplished record; claiming 4 State Championships and placing “Runner Up” in the inaugural National History Bee and Bowl US National Championships in 2011. Under his guidance and leadership, the teams from PHS proudly hosted an NHBB Qualifier Tournament each year. Wayne received the NHBB National High School Coach of the Year Award in 2017. Wayne has most recently relocated to Florida where he has already introduced the NHBB to the region by hosting a Regional Qualifier at this new school, Tate High School, in the Pensacola area. He is hopeful that they draw teams from some of the surrounding states in future years.
Raynell Cooper *
Raynell Cooper has served in numerous capacities over the years for International Academic Competitions, including as a tournament coordinator, national championship moderator, and host of interviews on the NHBB TV and IHBB TV YouTube channels. He has directed and staffed tournaments in over a dozen states, recruited teams in Asia and Europe for IHBB, and was a co-coach of three successful International Geography Olympiad teams representing the United States. Raynell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography and urban planning from the George Washington University and the University of Maryland, respectively, and as of May works as a parking planner in San Francisco. He is looking forward to working his third International History Olympiad and first IGB World Championships this summer.
Emilio Ergueta *
Emilio Ergueta is a Politics, Administration, & Organization Studies major at the Universität Potsdam, right outside of Berlin, Germany. Sparked by his love for strategy computer games, he began attending academic competitions at age ten. Emilio was a proud member of the Wilmington Friends School National History Bowl team, from Wilmington Delaware, captaining them at US Nationals in 2013 and 2015. During his time as Clerk of the Wilmington Friends School Quizbowl Club he increased membership by over five hundred percent! Though not his major, he continues to voraciously consume history podcasts, university lectures, and youtube videos whenever he has a moment to spare. This year he assisted at his first event, the 2018 IHBB European History Bowl and Bee Championships in Prague, and is thrilled to be staffing the Olympiad in his new hometown of Berlin, Germany.
Aleksandra has been working for several years at the British School of Warsaw, Poland where she is currently a teacher in the primary school. She is passionate about helping children, especially the ones with a very limited command of English and learning difficulties, gain confidence and believe they are capable of achieving their highest potential in school. Before joining her school, Aleksandra worked as an English teacher and an interpreter. She has always been fascinated with English and this is why she decided to study the language, spend time in the USA to do her dissertation research and attend courses in literature and translation. In the meantime, she graduated from the Department of English Studies at Warsaw University with an MA degree and teaching qualifications. Being an avid art lover, she also spent a semester studying photography and theatre in an art school in Denmark. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, visiting museums and exhibitions, yoga and working voluntarily at an amateur theatre. Aleksandra is looking forward to visiting Berlin and staffing her first International History Olympiad.
Laura Fleming *
Laura Fleming is a 35 year veteran teacher at Ridgewood High School. She holds a BA in History from Ramapo College and an MS in Social Studies Education from Iona College, with an additional MA equivalent in European and American History from William Paterson University. Laura has taught every level of American and World History, and her favorite course, European History, which she looks forward to exploring up close this summer. Laura has been involved with the National History Bee and Bowl since its pilot tournament was held at Ridgewood High School in 2010. She then coached the Ridgewood High School team for seven years, and she received the National History Bowl National Coach of the Year award in 2016 along with Jason Flowers. She taught David Madden for one day before he had to transfer into a different AP US History class due to a scheduling conflict in 1998.
Jason Flowers *
Jason Flowers teaches AP US History at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, Texas, which is consistently ranked as one of the best public magnet schools in the United States. Since 2007, Jason has been the Quiz Bowl coach at LASA. In that time, the LASA Quiz Bowl team has won six Texas State Quiz Bowl championships, two HSNCT titles (2013 and 2014), two PACE NSC titles (2014 and 2016), and two National History Bowl titles (2014 and 2016). Due to LASA Quiz Bowl’s success, Jason was named National Quiz Bowl Coach of the Year in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 – Jason was also National History Bee and Bowl Coach of the Year in 2016, along with Laura Fleming. In addition, Jason has been a coach and co-team leader for for Team USA for the International Geography Olympiad (aka iGeo) since 2015, and will continue in this capacity for the iGeo in Quebec City, Canada in the summer of 2018. This is Jason’s second International History Olympiad – he was a staff member at the inaugural one in Williamsburg, VA in 2015.
Scott Fowler *
Scott Fowler coaches the River Trail Middle School and Northview High School academic teams, two perennial top 20 programs in the USA. Both schools were Georgia state champions in 2018. River Trail finished 3rd in the nation in 2015 and placed three teams in the top 30, earning Mr. Fowler the Middle School Coach of the Year Award. The following year, that team, playing at Northview HS, finished in the top ten at NHBB nationals. He also coaches the Georgia NASAT team.
The River Trail program has produced two GA History Bee champions, as well as the 2016 USABB Bee winner, and the 2017 International History Olympiad JV Overall Champion. Northview has won three state History Bowl championships and two individual titles. This is Mr. Fowler’s third Olympiad, and he has staffed, hosted, or directed 12 NHBB events. He has directed tournaments for NHBB, PAGE, USABB, and NAQT, as well as several house-writes. His Wolf War Middle School quiz bowl tournament is the largest such tournament in Georgia.
Suopeng Gao *
Suopeng Gao has been the International History Bee and Bowl coordinator in Mainland China over the past two years, during which he expanded IHBB tournaments to various cities across China. He has also directed and staffed various IHBB tournaments in Asia. Suopeng is currently working as an educator in Shanghai, China. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in management from Babson College. Suopeng is also an alumnus of Lexington High School, where he competed on Science Bowl teams and captained Lexington’s National Ocean Science Bowl team his senior year. This is Suopeng’s second Olympiad, and he has also staffed the previous two IHBB Asian Championships as well as this year’s National History Bee and Bowl Varsity and JV National Championships.
John Garner *
John Garner coaches the Newnan High School History Bowl team outside of metro Atlanta Georgia. He has been involved with high level academic tournaments for the past four years and has served in various roles from staffing and logistics to directing and coordinating staff for NHBB, NAQT, and the International History Olympiad. John is an award winning middle school and high school teacher with ten years of experience in the classroom. His passion and commitment to social studies education coupled with his continuous desire to engage students in bringing history alive makes him a perfect fit to lead the field trip aspect of this year’s International History Olympiad in Berlin, Germany. The combination of coordinating over a hundred field trips over the course of his career, leading his history clubs to six straight history club of the year awards and his work with the 2016 International History Olympiad in Hawaii provides him with the necessary skills to run this aspect of this year’s side trips and events.
Lucia Geng is a first year student at the University of Chicago studying Political Science and Sociology. She has staffed the previous three US National History Bee and Bowl National Championships, served as the captain of Great Neck South High School’s History Bowl and Quiz Bowl teams, and appeared as a contestant on the 2016 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament. On campus, Lucia is an executive for MUNUC, UChicago’s high school Model UN Conference, a writer for The Chicago Maroon, and an actor and production manager for University Theater. She is very excited to be staffing her first International History Olympiad this summer!
Jeff is originally from Wheaton, Illinois. After graduating from Grinnell College with a BA in Humanities, he moved to Guam to accept a history teaching position. After a couple years in Micronesia, Jeff moved to London to teach British History. He currently works at Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok, Thailand. He teaches AP World History and IB History, and he serves as the International History Bee and Bowl Coach and National Honor Society adviser. Jeff and his school team have been regular participants in the IHBB Asian Championships, and he is excited to bring students to the International History Olympiad for the first time. Unlike many of the other staffers, Jeff has never appeared on Jeopardy!, but he does regularly participate in quiz competitions where he struggles to get any questions other than history ones correct.
Connor Gleason *
Connor Gleason is an AP United States History and World History teacher at Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill, Florida. He has staffed two NHBB National tournaments and numerous state level tournaments. Additionally, Connor is a former NHBB player, having captained a team of his own at the 2012 US National Championships and has coached at Classical Prep for three years, starting the history bowl and quiz bowl programs that are now thriving there. He has hosted and coordinated many quiz bowl tournaments and now looks forward to helping out in Berlin with the International History Olympiad and International Geography Bee World Championships!
GL Johnson is a political consultant currently residing in Pittsburgh, PA. After finishing fifth nationally in the 2006 Readers’ Digest Word Power Challenge, GL became involved in academic competition the next year and has continued involvement since as a competitor and staffer. Achieving multiple top-30 national championship finishes on the Bergen County Academies quiz bowl team, GL also was a semifinalist on the 2009 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament. GL enjoys winning elections as well as academic competitions, and has helped do so in New York, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. GL has been a staffer for every edition of the National History Bee and Bowl since the second, as well as the inaugural International History Olympiad in Williamsburg, VA. GL enjoys sleeping on a variety of buses, trains, and planes and looks forward to this year’s competition!
Scott Kaplan *
Scott Kaplan coaches the Largo High School Academic Team, aka “The Nerd Herd”, in Largo, Florida. They have won the Pinellas County championship two years in a row. He also has coached the All Star team in the Florida Commissioner’s Academic Challenge 4 of the last 5 years, taking the State Championship in 2017. He also assists in several regional History Bowl competitions and most recently staffed the National History Bee and Bowl in DC. He has 27 years teaching experience and has planned and chaperoned numerous student trip to Australia, New Zealand and much of Western Europe. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Mary Washington but has taught Geography almost exclusively in his teaching career. He currently teaches AP Human Geography and World Cultural Geography. He has also been a reader/scorer for College Board for AP Human for the past 5 years. He has also written questions and hosted the Pinellas County Middle School Quiz Bowl competitions for many years. He is looking forward to staffing in his first International History Olympiad.
Anne Marie Lanz *
Anne-Marie Lanz is the coach of Burleigh Manor Middle School’s It’s Academic team in the state of Maryland in the United States. In collaboration with Sara Seifter, she holds weekly practice for seventy students, who have participated in the National History Bowl competition every year since its creation in 2013. She was nominated as Maryland’s World Language Teacher of the Year in 2012 for her work as a French teacher. In addition to teaching and coaching It’s Academic, Anne-Marie also coaches the Math club.
Anne-Marie recently obtained a PhD in French literature from the University of Maryland, College Park, focusing her research on the diaries and correspondence of an eighteenth-century noblewoman from Lausanne, Switzerland (Anne-Marie’s hometown!). She is preparing a compilation of these letters for publication.
Anne-Marie loves backpacking. From the heights of the Alps and Jura Mountains in Switzerland to the depths of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA, she always looks forward to her next great trek.
Allan Lee has just completed his first year as a student at Cornell University, studying biological sciences, specifically concentrating in cell and molecular biology. He has been involved with the National History Bee and Bowl since 2014 and has competed in the 2015-2017 History Bee and Bowl National Championships with Great Neck South High School (sometimes known as Team West Egg). He is currently continuing his quiz bowl career in college and has worked as a writer for International Academic Competitions as well. Outside of academics and various IAC-related activities, Allan also helps run Science Olympiad tournaments in upstate New York and enjoys watching soccer and old movies. He is very excited to be staffing his first International History Olympiad this summer!
Arthur Lee *
Arthur Lee will be a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin as of June, from where he will hold a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in French, in addition to a current B.A. in History. Arthur played for LASA Quiz Bowl under Jason Flowers as coach, where he competed in multiple NHBB tournaments. In 2013, he captained his team to the final match at the National History Bowl National Championships and then won the NAQT High School National Championship tournament title later that year. He also captained the University of Texas’s Quiz Bowl team, winning the ICT Division II National Championship in 2015. He will be an English teaching assistant for a year in the Rouen académie starting in September, after which he plans on going to graduate school for history. His research interests include cultural history in 18th and 19th century France, focusing on rumor, urban communication networks, and public opinion formation.
David Madden *
David Madden is the co-founder and co-Executive Director of the International History Olympiad, the International Geography Bee, and International Academic Competitions. In the 1990’s, he played for four years on his school’s quiz bowl team at Ridgewood High School, where they amassed a 44 match winning streak and a second place finish nationally his senior year. After playing on Princeton University’s quiz bowl team and graduating with a major in international relations and a minor in German, David received a Rotary scholarship to pursue a master’s in international relations at the Free University of Berlin. During his stay in Berlin, he worked as a tour guide and appeared as a contestant on the American quiz show Jeopardy! where his streak of 19 wins is the third longest in the show’s history. He was then invited to IBM headquarters to play the Jeopardy! playing computer Watson, where he was the only beta tester to go undefeated against it.
After collaborating on the catalogue raisonné of American Op-Art pioneer Richard Anuszkiewicz and hiking the length of the USA for a veterans charity, David moved to Vienna to work for his former high school exchange student organization, AFS, where he met Nolwenn in 2008. The following school year, while taking coursework to become a history teacher, he organized the Tri-State History Bowl which 140 students attended in May 2010. At that point, he established the National History Bee and Bowl in June 2010, which then launched in Asia and Europe for the 2011-2012 school year as the International History Bee and Bowl. Since then, he has also set up the other competitions under the IAC aegis, including the International History Olympiad, which debuted in 2015 in Williamsburg, VA, USA and the International Geography Bee, whose inaugural World Championships are being held in Berlin this year. He is fluent in German, which he speaks with a Viennese accent, and enjoys skiing, running, and fantasy baseball. David and Nolwenn have traveled full-time in support of IAC operations since February 2016, and currently do not have a home base, as they oversee approximately 200 competitions in about 30 countries each year.
Nolwenn Madden *
Nolwenn Madden is the co-founder and co-Executive Director of the International History Olympiad, the International Geography Bee, and International Academic Competitions. Prior to her career in academic competitions, Nolwenn studied at the French grande école EM Lyon where she received a MSc in Management. She also worked as a translator for Microsoft and booking.com before launching the International History Bee and Bowl in 2011. She and David were c0-coaches for the first team from the USA to attend the International Geography Olympiad in Kyoto, Japan in the summer of 2013. This indirectly led to the idea for the first International History Olympiad two years later. She has organized and directed hundreds of tournaments for IAC throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In what little spare time she has, she enjoys playing the ukulele, which she began playing at the 2016 International History Olympiad in Honolulu. She also enjoys skiing, playing the cello, cooking, and traveling, especially by airplane.
Susan Madden *
Susan Madden has been staffing IAC competitions since 2010, including the first two International History Olympiads and many other regional, national, and international tournaments and championships. She co-directs the Colorado History Bee and Bowl each year with her husband Tim. She has an MBA from NYU Stern and a certificate in accounting which comes in handy with tax preparation for IAC each year, which she oversees. Susan also maintains the IAC mailbox in Tenafly, NJ, her hometown, where she attended Tenafly High School, which now sends multiple teams to NHBB Nationals each year. She has worked for Chase Manhattan in banking, in numerous community volunteer positions, and as a parent advisor and driver for the Ridgewood High School quiz bowl team in the 1990’s. She looks forward to a return trip to Berlin in 2018 which she and Tim visited back in 2004. She enjoys cooking, skiing, traveling, and the New York Times crossword puzzle.
Tim Madden *
Tim Madden has staffed National and International History Bee and Bowl tournaments since their inception, as well as the first two International History Olympiads. He has also staffed every Varsity and JV National History Bee and Bowl National Championships, the US Academic Bee and Bowl National Championships, and several IHBB Asian Championships too. Each year, he and his wife Susan direct the Colorado History Bee and Bowl in conjunction with a ski trip, and he directs other tournaments in the Greater New York City metro area as well. While in high school, he played on the Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL) quiz bowl team. Before retiring in 2016, Tim worked in banking for 43 years, including postings with Chase Manhattan in Jakarta and Paris. He currently advises IAC on organizational strategy and has graciously accepted that his basement will be full of buzzer systems, leftover souvenir T-shirts, the International History Olympiad flag stockpile, and various other IAC/NHBB paraphernalia for the indefinite future. He enjoys gardening, skiing, fantasy baseball, and traveling.
Grayson McCready *
Grayson McCready coaches the International History Bee and Bowl team at SIS Basel, in Basel, Switzerland. His teams have qualified for every European Championship since the inception of the tournament and have won the JV Bowl and Bee once. He is the only coach to have attended every single IHBB European Championships. He teaches IB and IGCSE History and also sponsors the school’s Model United Nation Programme. He has a B.A. in History and Geography from Simon Fraser University and a B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia. He started teaching in 1995 and left Canada in 2001 to teach internationally. After 8 years teaching in The Bahamas and Cuba he came to Switzerland in 2009. He is a former paratrooper in the Canadian armed forces and has served in postings in the High Arctic.
Steve Muench *
Steve Muench teaches 8th grade social studies at Leonia Middle School in New Jersey. Before entering the field of education, Steve worked for 20 years in sales management (primarily in the furniture industry) taking him around the country and the world. Steve began his career in education in 2012 at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ, USA where he taught AP Psychology, Sociology, and US History for two years. Subsequently, he taught AP and CP world history for three years at Westwood Regional High School in Washington Township, NJ. Steve has been involved with NHBB for 5 years, bringing teams to regional and national championships and serving as a staff member at the first International History Olympiad in WIlliamsburg, VA. Steve also co-led Team USA to the International Geography Olympiad in Serbia last summer and will do so again this summer in Quebec City. Steve has trekked through the jungles of Rwanda to see mountain gorillas, lived in Peru as an exchange student, studied in London as a college student, chipped some pieces off the Berlin Wall in November 1989, and saw Cal Ripken break Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak. He has one wife and two teenagers.
Marshall Mullins *
Marshall Mullins is the Director of Logistics for International Academic Competitions and NHBB, as well as the Lead Tournament Coordinator where he is responsible for NHBB tournaments throughout a wide stretch of the country, including all of the Midwest and South Central states. Based out of the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis, he has long been active in the Missouri and Illinois quiz bowl circuits, directing over 15 tournaments in 6 states over the past 3 years for NHBB and other entities, and staffing many more. This will be his second International History Olympiad and first International Geography Bee World Championships (like everyone). For fun, he enjoys movies, traveling, board games, and crossword puzzles.
Niki Peters is the Western Regional Coordinator for the National History Bee and Bowl in the USA, and has worked in that capacity in ten states and four countries over three years. She has been involved in academic competition since 2010, has served as co-President of Berkeley’s Quiz Bowl Club since 2014, and took 2nd place in the 2016 Jeopardy! College Championship. She is a graduating senior at the University of California, Berkeley, where she will receive a degree in Integrative Biology with a concentration on Human Biology and Health Sciences. Following graduation, she will be joining Epic Systems as a Project Manager, and looks forward to staffing her second International History Olympiad before that.
Deborah Pettingill *
Deborah Pettingill is a History teacher at Largo High School in Largo, Florida. She currently teaches Advanced Placement U.S. History, African American History and World Religions. Deborah is the advisor for the History Honor Society, Rho Kappa, coaches the History Bowl team, and coordinates the exchange program between Largo High and Yamada High School in Kami City, Japan, taking a student group to Japan every two years. She has been recognized as the Social Studies Teacher of the Year for Pinellas County and was honored to have been chosen to participate in the Normandy Institute: Sacrifice for Freedom program through National History Day. Deborah is a James Madison Fellow and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Florida Studies at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Professionally she serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Council for the Social Studies and the Pinellas Council for the Social Studies, is the school representative for the Pinellas County Teachers Association, is a reader for the AP U.S. History Exam, and is the Tournament Director for the Central Florida History Bee and Bowl Championships. Deborah especially enjoys researching the Roman and Medieval time periods and creating the clothing and art of those eras. She loves to travel and is looking forward to her first trip to Berlin and staffing the International History Olympiad and International Geography Bee World Championships.
Sameer Rai is a recent graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. While attending Bellarmine College Preparatory in high school, he won the 2011 Junior Varsity National History Bee as a freshman and the 2013 Varsity National History Bowl (as a solo team – the only time this has happened in 8 years at US Nationals) and National History Bee as a junior. As a sophomore, he was the leading scorer of Bellarmine College Preparatory’s team which won the 2012 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament and of Team California which won the 2012 National All-Star Academic Tournament. In college he helped lead Berkeley to the 2017 undergraduate title at ACF Nationals. He is an experienced question writer for IAC. This will be his first Olympiad, which he looks forward to staffing.
Arthur Ramsay *
Arthur Ramsay is the Outreach Coordinator for International Academic Competitions and the Communications lead for the 2018 International History Olympiad and International Geography Bee World Championships. Based in the suburbs of New York City, he directs tournaments and works to expand the global impact of IAC, primarily through the International History Bee and Bowl. Arthur joined IAC in January 2018 after earning his BA in American History and Government from the State University of New York Empire State College. While pursuing his degree, Arthur worked for the State University of New York System Administration in the Offices of Communications, External Affairs and Alumni Relations, and the Provost. He also spent more than two years with the SUNY Student Assembly, and upon his departure was named Senior Director Emeritus of Communications and Special Adviser to the President. He spent four years on the Academic Team at Half Hollow Hills West (NY), leading the team from 2012 to his graduation in 2014. An alumnus of the National History Bee and Bowl, he is looking forward to staffing his first Olympiad this summer in Berlin.
Robin Richards *
Robin Richards is the current President of the Georgia Academic Team Association, is responsible for all major state high school championships and tournaments hosted by GATA and has hosted and volunteered at tournaments at all levels of play. He is about to start his second year at Commerce High School teaching World History and AP Government and introducing History Bowl to his team as well. The longtime coach of the Cedar Shoals High School QuizJags Academic Team in Athens from 2004-17, Mr. Richards’ teams have won numerous state, region and city titles, was crowned the 2014 WSB-TV “HighQ” champion and brought teams to the National History Bowl US National Championships for six straight years. A “Double Dawg” from the University of Georgia in History (BA) and History Education (M.Ed.) and a recipient of a Specialists degree from Piedmont College (whose graduation ceremony he skipped to attend the Olympiad in Hawaii…do you blame him?), he will be attending his second Olympiad and will finally get to the see the Brandenburg Gate in person after doing a Lego project on it for the 1995 Georgia State German Convention. He spends his free time playing in trivia events, yelling at the TV during Jeopardy! and plotting ways to visit all the Presidential gravesites and state Capitols in order to get selfies with them. He’s not kidding folks.
Amanda Roche *
Amanda Roche is a United States history teacher at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. For the last two years, she has served as the coach of the Ridgewood History Bowl and Quiz Bowl teams. She loves the energy of academic competitions and will only miss her daily dose of Jeopardy! for extreme emergencies. She was born in Ireland, where much of her family still lives, and became a citizen of the United States in 2011. Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in education from Rutgers University, and recently became licensed as a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant. By the time the tournament kicks off in Berlin, Amanda will have been married for a whole two weeks! She is looking forward to staffing her first International History Olympiad and International Geography Bee World Championships.
Jason Russell *
Jason serves as the Director of Operations for the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions for The National History Bee and Bowl. His passion for academic competition started at Lee University, and he has been a player, coach, tournament director, writer, editor, and moderator all over the United States for over 30 years. He served in the US Air Force and Air National Guard for ten years and was a two-time Jeopardy! champion. He also has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in organizational leadership. He believes that quiz bowl develops integral skills in players and is a benefit to the schools and communities in which it is played and is committed to seeing the game grow to its fullest potential. Jason also serves as the Staff Director at NHBB’s US National Championships and as the Director of the Parents, Family Members, and Coaches Program at the International History Olympiad and the International Geography Bee World Championships. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Eric Seifter *
Eric Seifter has a BA degree and MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Eric started with quiz competitions by competing on the It’s Academic high school quiz team between 1969 and 1972. All three of his sons played on their high school quiz bowl team over 12 years and Eric and his wife Sara were parent volunteers. In 2010, Eric accepted the role of Coach (with his wife Sara) of the Centennial High School team in Ellicott City, Maryland. Over the last 8 years, Eric and Sara helped to set up and advise elementary and middle school programs, organized an annual quiz bowl tournament with over 100 teams (since 2006), and hosted many National History Bee and Bowl and USABB tournaments. Eric and Sara have coached the Maryland All-Star Team for NASAT over the past 3 years. In 2015, Eric and Sara were named National Coaches of the Year by the National History Bee and Bowl, and Eric was named Sophie Altman Coach of the Year on the It’s Academic TV show. Eric’s day job is as Associate Professor of Medicine and Oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Eric has won multiple Best Teacher of the Year awards at Hopkins over 4 decades and has a lifetime award from the Maryland Geologic Society.
Sara Seifter *
Sara Seifter has a BA degree in French and Russian and an MA in Russian from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA from the Wharton School. She has studied French, Spanish, German, Russian, Polish, and Hebrew. She coordinated foreign student homestay programs in Maryland for over 10 years. She and her husband Eric were parent volunteers for 11 years for the quiz bowl team at Centennial High School, eventually coaching the team together over the past 8 years. The club and team has over 100 students participating annually. Sara helped to initiate quiz bowl programs and continues to volunteer at Burleigh Manor Middle School, which is directed by Dr. Anne Marie Lanz. Sara then set up the elementary school program, with the assistance of teacher Joanne Scheler and parent volunteer Paula Swann. Sara volunteers as a one-to-one reading specialist at the elementary school and belongs to several committees for education in Howard county, Maryland. She and her husband Eric were named National Coaches of the Year by the National History Bee and Bowl in 2015. Sara was a runner-up for Howard County Volunteer of the Year in 2016. Eric and Sara have travelled to Europe almost annually over the past 30 years and were visiting Professors at the Hue Medical School in Vietnam in 2014.
Will Schneider is a Software Engineer working for TripAdvisor in Needham, Massachusetts. He began staffing National History Bee and Bowl events his senior year of high school, when he attended Nationals in 2011 as a volunteer staffer. Since then, he has directed a myriad of NHBB events across the Upper Hudson region of New York, Greater Boston, New England, and Long Island. Will graduated with a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York, and now works in Big Data / Hadoop operations. Prior to attending university he played for the Kings Park High School Quiz Bowl Team on Long Island, and was team captain from 2010-2011. Will was awarded the National History Bowl and Bee Outstanding Service Award in 2017. This will be his first time staffing the International History Olympiad.
Diana is currently working as a Humanities teacher and a careers and work experience co-ordinator at The British School of Warsaw, Poland. She enjoys promoting international-mindedness and teaching subjects like IB Theory of Knowledge, Critical Thinking, Ethics, History, English, PSHE and project-based lessons. One of her passions is helping young people discover and develop their talents. Her multiple hobbies include traveling, horse riding, paddle boarding, photography and hiking – last year she walked 450 km on the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela route in Spain. She has enjoyed accompanying her students at International History Bee and Bowl competitions in Warsaw and Rome in 2017 and is really looking forward to staffing her first International History Olympiad in Berlin.
William Tippins *
William Tippins is a Tournament Director for the International History Bee and Bowl’s European Division. He is currently studying as a first year student for a BSc in Biomedical Sciences (Hons.) at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and previously studied at St. Stephen’s International School in Rome, Italy, where he completed the IB Diploma. While at St. Stephen’s, William also participated on the History Bee & Bowl team for all four years, participating in both the 2014 and 2017 European Championships in Rome, as well as the 2015 European Championships in Geneva, the 2016 European Championships Berlin Finals, and all of the regional tournaments in Rome. William also founded the History Club at St. Stephen’s and served as the History Bowl team captain while at the school. William has specific interests in Roman and Medieval history and is taking history coursework in addition to his biomedical science studies at university.
Peter Torres *
Peter Torres is a fourth year student at the University of Central Florida studying for a bachelor’s degree in History. Peter is an experienced writer for International Academic Competitions and has also staffed the 2018 National Championships of the US Academic Bee and Bowl. He has been active in working on outreach in the Florida high school academic competition circuit, coordinating hosting arrangements for quiz bowl state championship tournaments in 2017 and 2018, with tremendous help from the other Florida university clubs at the University of Florida and New College. He is eager to help expand academic competition throughout Florida, and looks forward to fostering academic competition on an international scale in Berlin this summer.
Tyler Vaughan *
Tyler Vaughan is a question writer currently operating out of Rockford, Illinois having previously studied History and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His main role at International Academic Competitions is question production in which capacity he has produced local flavor for Japanese competitions, provided the plurality of the questions needed for the 2016 Visual History Bee, and oversaw the creation of the 2016 Naval History Bee. When not writing questions, Tyler provides a myriad of services to IAC including data entry and the creation of our registration systems. Prior to attending college, Tyler attended Stillman Valley HIgh School where he took 2nd in the Wisconsin State History Bowl. This will be his first time staffing the International History Olympiad.
Inge Weustink is a Classics teacher at St Stephen’s School in Rome, Italy. She moved to Rome from the Netherlands in 2002 and considers herself extremely fortunate to live in the Eternal City. As teacher supervisor of her school’s History Club, she has been part of the International History Bee and Bowl European’s Division for the past four years, supporting and coaching her students during regional tournaments and at different European Championship finals (in 2014 and 2017 held at her own school in Rome, in 2015 in Geneva, and in 2016 in Berlin, where her Junior Varsity team was the European Champion. In her free time, Inge is active as a speleo-archaeologist with Sotterranei di Roma – Centro Ricerche Speleo Archeologiche, exploring tunnels, cisterns, aqueducts, and other man-made underground spaces.
Jay Wickliff *
Jay Wickliff coaches the History Bowl team at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, which has often been ranked as the top academic high school in the United States. His teams finished as Junior Varsity national finalists in 2016 team at the National History Bowl National Championships and as Varsity national finalists in 2017 before winning the Varsity National History Bowl National Championships in 2018. He developed the Great Trading Game series as a staff member at the first two International History Olympiads. Jay teaches Social Studies, coaches the state champion boys tennis team and directs a program for high-achieving, low-income middle school students. Most of his career was spent in human resources management for high tech companies highlighted by serving as Vice President for Global Human Resources at Gerber Scientific, Inc., a mid-sized New York Stock Exchange listed company. He also served as Executive Director at Presidential Classroom, a Washington-based civic education program for outstanding high school students. Jay also founded the Future World Leaders Summit for teenage leaders from around the world. He was awarded the National History Bowl and Bee Outstanding Service Award in 2016.