Parker Jelke ’27 won the National History Bee for the sixth grade, leading a host of top performers from Ransom Everglades at the championships in Arlington, Va., on Labor Day weekend. Leo Fein ’23, Daniel Figueroa ’24 and Javier Kumar ’22 scored top-five finishes in the high school divisions as Jelke topped 45 qualifiers to become the second RE student in two years to win a national history bee title. The September 3-6 championship had been rescheduled from last June.
Fein and Figueroa finished third and fifth, respectively, in the junior high division of the National History Bee, and Fein also earned third place in the high school division of the International Geography Bee., as Figueroa claimed fourth in the JV division of that event. Both also finished in the top 15 of the JV-division of the U.S. History Bee (Fein, 12th; Figueroa, 14th).
Figueroa was the seventh-grade champion of the National History Bee in 2019.
Kumar finished fourth in the high school division of the National History Bee – the high school events took place remotely.
Chase Dubovy ’25 finished seventh in the eighth-grade National History Bee, 10th in the eighth-grade U.S. Academic Bee and ninth in the eighth-grade U.S. History Bee.
Lucas Gonzalez ’27 competed in the sixth-grade National History Bee, finishing 22nd overall. Tyler Marcus ’26 finished 16th in the seventh-grade U.S. History Bee, and 29th in the seventh-grade National History Bee.
The middle school students are coached by RE middle school history and social sciences coordinator Joe Mauro; the high schoolers train under the direction of faculty member Branly Fontaine.
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.