Congratulations to the 2019 National Humanities Bee National Champions!
8th Grade Division: Owen Farra, Team STL Patriots, St. Louis, MO
7th Grade Division: Rohan Ganeshan, Quest Academy, Palatine, IL
6th Grade Division: Arin Parsa, Challenger Almaden, San Jose, CA
Elementary School Division: Mary Mantel, Saint Agnes School, St. Paul, MN
Results for all students are available through the spreadsheets here. Please note that there are various tabs at the bottom of the document with links to different age divisions and the preliminary rounds and playoff rounds for these.
Thanks for all of your support at our 2019 National Championships! Further details on the National Humanities Bee in the 2019-2020 academic year will be posted here by the end of July 2019.
General Information from the 2018-2019 Academic Year
The National Humanities Bee was held in conjunction with the 2019 US Academic Bee and Bowl National Championships at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL (next to Chicago) on the afternoon of June 7 at the same time as the US Geography Olympiad National Championships (meaning students can compete in the one or the other but not both). The final round was held on the evening of June 8. The cost to compete is $50.
The National Humanities Bee is open to any student who is competing in any of the other six events (i.e. National History Bee, National History Bowl, National Science Bee, International Geography Olympiad, US Academic Bee, US Academic Bowl) which are being contested that weekend.
Please click here for a link to the Official Rules File.
Past questions used at the National Humanities Bee National Championships are available here:
2018 National Humanities Bee Questions
- 2018 National Humanities Bee Round 1
- 2018 National Humanities Bee Round 2
- 2018 National Humanities Bee Round 3
- 2018 National Humanities Bee Semifinal Round
- 2018 National Humanities Bee Final Round
2017 National Humanities Bee Questions
- 2017 National Humanities Bee Round 1
- 2017 National Humanities Bee Round 2
- 2017 National Humanities Bee Round 3
- 2017 National Humanities Bee Final Round
2016 National Humanities Bee Questions
- 2016 National Humanities Bee Round 1
- 2016 National Humanities Bee Round 2
- 2016 National Humanities Bee Round 3
- 2016 National Humanities Bee Round 4
- 2016 National Humanities Bee Round 5
All questions in the National Humanities Bee will take the format of tossup (i.e. buzzer-based questions of short paragraph length progressing from harder to easier information) questions in the manner of US Academic Bee and Bowl questions with a humanities focus. Topics will cover literature, art history and technique, music history and theory, dance, film, religion, mythology, and philosophy. See also the questions used in past years which are found through the links listed above on this page! The file listed here has a full question distribution to help guide students in their preparation:
All students will play 3 preliminary rounds of 35 questions each. After the 3 preliminary rounds, the top students will advance to the playoffs. The playoffs will not overlap with any US Academic Bee or Bowl matches, or any geography or history events. The rules of play will be identical to the US Academic Bee rules in effect for the National Championships.
The National Humanities Bee held its third annual National Championships on June 3-4, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA. Congratulations to our champions and top finishers!
Middle School Division (7th and 8th Grade)
1st – Karsten Rynearson – Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT – National Champion
2nd – Robert Muniz – Midtown Classical Homeschool, Tallahassee, FL
3rd – Cooper Roh – Keith Country Day School, Rockford, IL
Elementary Division (6th Grade and Younger)
1st – Caroline Cox – Midtown Classical Homeschool, Tallahassee, FL – National Champion
2nd – Sangeet Barkataki – Team Pleasanton Conquiztadores, Pleasanton, CA
3rd – Claire Wang – Centennial Lane Elementary, Ellicott City, MD
Full results from the 2018 National Humanities Bee are available through the link here.
Full results from the 2017 National Humanities Bee are available through the link here.