International Academic Competitions is pleased to announce that the 2019 Middle School and Elementary School National Championships of the National History Bee and Bowl will be held on June 7-10 (Friday through Monday) at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, next to Chicago.

There is a free shuttle from O’Hare to the hotel that operates around the clock. Staying at the official hotel(s) is required for all students and families coming from outside a 3 hour driving radius per Google Maps. If our block fills up, we will secure additional blocks at nearby hotels. Room rates are $145 for a king bed room and $155 for a room with two double beds, plus applicable taxes. Rooms must be booked through a secure link that will be posted to this website by mid-January 2019, otherwise, it is not valid, so please do not make bookings via any other method (i.e. calling the hotel,, etc.) before the hotel reservation link is posted here!

Registration for Nationals will open by mid-January 2019 though students may only be registered for events for which they are qualified. Costs for Nationals, including discounts where applicable, will be posted by the time registration opens.

Nationals will be held together with the National Championships of US Academic Bee and Bowl, the National Science Bee, National Humanities Bee, and the Middle School and Elementary School National Championships of the US Geography Olympiad and International Geography Bee.

The official schedule of events at Nationals will be posted by mid-February. Current projections have the events of the weekend occurring as listed below but please do not make travel plans based on this – this is solely for informational purposes until the schedule is confirmed. The only events that are planning on overlapping (and hence, students cannot sign up for both) would be the National Humanities Bee and US Geography Olympiad per current plans.

National History Bee: Prelims on late morning and early afternoon of June 7 and 8. Finals late morning on June 9.
National History Bowl: All day on June 9 in its entirety.
National Science Bee: Prelims on afternoon of June 9, Finals on afternoon of June 10.
National Humanities Bee: Prelims on late afternoon of June 7, held concurrently with US Geography Olympiad. Finals on evening of June 8.
US Geography Olympiad: Late afternoon of June 7, held concurrently with National Humanities Bee.
International Geography Bee: Prelims on evening of June 7, finals on evening of June 8.
US Academic Bee: Prelims on early morning of June 7 and 8. Finals late afternoon on June 8.
US Academic Bowl: All day on June 10 in its entirety.

Students will qualify for the National Championships in the National History Bee based on their finish at the Regional Finals. Students can qualify for Nationals in the National History Bowl through participation in either the National History Bee or National History Bowl regional tournaments. Specific qualification requirements will be announced by the time registration opens, though it is projected that as in past years, approximately the top 50% of students at Regional Finals in each age division of the National History Bee will qualify for Nationals. For further questions, please contact

Thanks, and good luck in qualifying! We hope to see you at Nationals in June!