Two teams of students at Upper St. Clair’s Fort Couch Middle School recently tied for first place in the sixth through eighth Grade division of the regional History Bowl at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

The eighth-grade team of Sofia Alfredson Themudo, Chloe Bird, Sara Gillespie, Kaia Petrick and Ellie Simons and the seventh-grade team of Molly Biedrzycki, Emma Eannarino, Lizzie Myers and Hayley Zeringue took top honors.

“Throughout the daylong event students used their knowledge of the humanities, along with problem solving, reasoning, critical thinking skills and creativity as they completed four competitive experiences,” said Connie Gibson, Fort Couch gifted education coordinator.

The competition’s four challenges were:

  • Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation and Pittsburgh Past and Present;
  • Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum and Sports Trivia;
  • Heinz Exhibit and Heinz by the Numbers;
  • Sigo Falk Collections Center with Interview with History.

A third team from Fort Couch Middle School placed second in the History Bowl. Team members were eighth-graders Ayan Amin and Tony Chen, and seventh-graders Colt Erdos, Ryan Katukota and Myles Owens.

Serving as mentors for the event were Gibson and Sherri Garvey, gifted/enrichment resource teacher at Boyce Middle School.

Sponsored by Allegheny Intermediate Unit, the one-day event challenges students to find answers to questions, think and write creatively, and practice problem solving abilities as they explore the history center’s exhibits.

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From left are seventh-graders Molly Biedrzycki, Emma Eannarino, Hayley Zeringue and Lizzie Myers.