Despite upcoming AP exams and finals, Quiz Bowl Team Captain Carlo De Guzman traveled to Austin to test his trivia prowess at the Texas Citizen Bee, a civic education program and competition testing students’ knowledge of both United States history and current events.
De Guzman placed third at the state level.
“It hinged on one question,” De Guzman said. “I just as easily might have been first instead of third.”
Citizen Bee State took place at the Texas Law Center in Austin, May 11.
De Guzman won at the regional competition at Episcopal, March 2, and qualified for state.
“I did better than I expected,” De Guzman said. “Not to come off as cocky, but I thought it would be a bit harder.”
De Guzman learned of the competition through junior Andrew Chung, president of Junior Statesmen of America.
“A week or two before the regional competition, he asked me if I was interested,” De Guzman said.
The competition’s topic coincided with De Guzman’s specialty in Quiz Bowl.
“I figured I was interested in American history, and it would help me in AP US History and Quiz Bowl,” De Guzman said.
To prepare, De Guzman studied the official Citizen Bee study guide online and read up on current events.
“I put in a lot of work into it beforehand,” De Guzman said. “It’s nice to see that what I did helped in the end.”
De Guzman looked forward to competing at Citizen Bee State after winning his region, aiming to place in the top four.
“I didn’t know what to expect from State. It was right in the middle of APs, but I was looking forward to it overall,” De Guzman said.
The entire family drove up to Austin for Citizen Bee State. Expenses were provided by a grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.
“We ran into really bad weather on the way there,” De Guzman said. “The competition was well-run.”
De Guzman enjoyed the experience of competing in the Texas Law Center.
“The venue we competed in for the oral exam, where they asked us questions, and we had to answer them on the spot, was in an auditorium in the Capitol,” De Guzman said. “That was really cool.”
De Guzman also competed in Civic Conversation, separate from Citizen Bee. Winners of Civic Conversation receive scholarship money.
“I didn’t win Civic Conversation, but I had a lot of fun,” De Guzman said.
De Guzman hopes to compete in Citizen Bee again next year.
De Guzman said, “I developed an interest in legal history, and it deepened my interest in American history.”