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Templeton’s Tai takes first in history, second in geography

Several Templeton Middle School students were busy at bees performing well and collecting awards for their efforts.

Eighth-graders Blake Batzko, Maxwell Cavadel, Dominic Pino and seventh-grader Andrew Tai competed at the regional level of the National History Bee in Chicago. They were among 120 students from six states who competed in intense primary rounds that narrowed the field to 10 students. Pino and Tai advanced to the final round and were among the top five competitors. Tai ultimately beat out one of last year’s national finalists and emerged as regional champion. Because of their strong scores in the competition, Pino and Cavadel also qualified for national competition June 1 in Atlanta.

Tai proved his academic versatility later in Madison at the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee. He competed against 102 talented geography students from throughout Wisconsin and was one of the top 10 finalists who advanced to the championship round. He and one other students answered all of the final round questions correctly and then competed in a tie-breaker. Tai finished second in the state.