Ransom Everglades swept the team and individual titles at the 2019 South Florida Fall History Bee and Bowl at Archimedean Academy on Nov. 16 as RE students finished in five of the top six places overall. Lucas Miner '20 and Javier Kumar '22 won first place in the varsity and junior varsity divisions, respectively, leading the tournament champion varsity and JV teams.
Jake Quanstrom '20 finished third among more than 40 varsity competitors, and Howie Scharlin '20 contributed to the varsity title with his seventh-place finish. Leo Fein '23 and Daniel Figueroa '24 – the only eighth-grade competitor – claimed second and third place in the JV division and joined Kumar on the JV champion team.
RE's title-winning academic teams secured berths in the The National History Bee and Bowl that will be held April 23-26 in Arlington, Va., and Washington, D.C.
Students also earned individual national championship berths with their performances on various exams. Kumar, Victoria Davis '21, Gabriel Mora '22 and Joseph Moskovitz '22 qualified for the U.S. Geography Championships and International Geography Bee as Fein and Figueroa qualified in the JV division. Miner qualified for the National Political Science Bee.
Fein also earned a spot in the JV U.S. History Bee, and he and Moskovitz qualified for the junior varsity National Science Bee.
The teams were led by coaches Branly Fontaine and Abby Berler.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.