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. For 2018, the simulation topic will be the Potsdam Conference.
In 2015, we simulated the Boxer Rebellion. For 2016, the simulation focused on the Pearl Harbor attacks of 1941 (see the guide below).
Varsity: Boyang Hou, Singapore
Junior Varsity: Grant Bianco, Florida
Middle School: Lin Jingxuan, China
Varsity: Alexander Echikson, Maryland
Junior Varsity/Middle School (was combined in 2015): Jonathan Ralstin, Indiana