Divisions: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School
Competition Type: Individual, Historical Simulation

At the International History Olympiad, interested students will have a chance to simulate a historical event in a dynamic competition that reimagines how history could have played out differently. Students will be assigned a character in advance, and will need to act out that character’s point of view in a “crisis simulation” in which the events unfold. However, the simulation is dynamic: meaning that depending on what decisions are made within the committee, history may unfold somewhat differently than it did. The topic for 2020 has not been selected yet, but it will be by early October. Possibilities include the Haitian Revolution, the Cuban Missile Crisis, or the Discovery of the Americas. It will certainly have a Caribbean focus.

For 2018, the simulation topic was the Potsdam Conference.

For 2016, the simulation focused on the Pearl Harbor attack and its aftermath.

In 2015, we simulated the Boxer Rebellion.

2018 Champions
Varsity: Rahul Yohhan Kumarasinghe, Massachusetts
Junior Varsity: Jingxuan Lin, Singapore
Middle School: Alexander Goldberg, California

2016 Champions
Varsity: Hou Boyang, Singapore
Junior Varsity: Grant Bianco, Florida
Middle School: Lin Jingxuan, China

2015 Champions
Varsity: Alexander Echikson, Maryland
Junior Varsity/Middle School (was combined in 2015): Jonathan Ralstin, Indiana