GSSM Remains Victorious at the 2022 South Carolina History Bee & Bowl State Championships

March 4, 2022

GSSM Hosted the South Carolina History Bee & Bowl State Championships

Eagles successfully defended their state team title after GSSM Team A went undefeated against some tough competition in the South Carolina History Bee & Bowl State Championship. GSSM has held the title since 2020.

The February 5th win secures GSSM’s spot in this year’s National History Bee in April. It affirms the school’s qualifications to compete in the 4th International History Olympiad this summer at Princeton University.

GSSM senior Steven Insignares and William Ostergaard, Briggs Murray, Elliot Lewis, Lauren Hattan.GSSM Team A

GSSM Team A went undefeated in six rounds against Cardinal Newman High School, Southside High School, First Presbyterian Academy, and the Coastal Leadership Academy.

In addition to team honors, several GSSM students distinguished themselves, with some advancing to national competitions.

Senior Steven Insignares earned the second-place silver medal in the History Bee competition, and senior William Ostergaard finished in fourth. Insignares and Ostergaard have qualified for the National History Bee in April. Insignares also earned a spot in the International History Bee this summer.

Insignares and junior William Goldstein finished third and second, respectively, in the geography exam portion of the competition, earning each a spot in the National U.S. Geography Championships.

In the U.S. History exam, junior Briggs Murray earned the highest exam score of the day (across all categories), finishing first, and junior Elliott Lewis garnered third. Briggs and Elliott have both qualified for the U.S. History Bee.

Three govies swept the Science exam portion of the competition, with Insignares, Lewis, and junior Lauren Hattan taking the top three spots. All three earned spots in the National Science Bee.

Academic team coach and GSSM math instructor Gary Salazar appreciates that the annual tournament provides students with team and individual competition opportunities.

Impressively, each of the six students qualified to compete at the national level. GSSM President Danny Dorsel ’90 praised this year’s competitors, “At GSSM, we do STEM really well, but that’s not the only area in which our students excel! Congratulations to our well-rounded Govies and their coach Dr. Gary Salazar.”

The National History Bee & Bowl promotes history education throughout the United States and around the world. By fostering an interest in history, The National History Bee and Bowl gives present-day students an appreciation for the past that will serve them, their country, and the world well in the future. For more information, go to


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