History has always been Luka Robenalt’s favorite subject.
The Fort Collins High School junior loves to see how the events of the past shape the world today, and he has even explored his own family’s connection to events like the Civil War. This passion for the past has made the long hours he has spent studying for the History Bee and Bowl more fun than chore for Luka and the other team members who share his enthusiasm.
The team’s hard work recently paid off when they won first place at Colorado’s qualifying competition for the National History Bee and Bowl. This is the third consecutive year Fort Collins High School students have qualified for the national completion in Washington, D.C.
To get ready for the competition, team members have sacrificed their Wednesday afternoons, spending hours going over detailed questions covering U.S. history. Luka also makes sure he spends a lot of his free time reading historical fiction and historical nonfiction.
For students on the team, learning about history is more than memorizing names and dates. It’s about understanding the events of the past, and the people who were involved in them. Senior History Bowl team member Brooklyn Kron said she likes to learn about the complicated dilemmas people in the past faced and how they handled them – even if it wasn’t perfect.
“We spend time reading about the mistakes people made,” she said.