Stoller eighth-grader wins National History Bee's middle school competition.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Stoller Middle School eighth-grader Benji Chiu won the National History Bee's middle school division during the Memorial Day Weekend in Louisville, Ky.Benji Chiu, an eighth-grader at Stoller Middle School in the Beaverton School District, had quite a run in May.

During the Memorial Day Weekend in Louisville, Ky., Benji won the National History Bee’s middle school division after placing third in the middle school national competition last year.

He was awarded $1,000, a large trophy and a trip with most expenses paid to the inaugural International History Olympiad in Williamsburg, Va., next month. He also won a silver medal in this year’s national competition in the Ancient History subcategory.

His mother, Komo Chiu, described the National History Bee as a buzzer-based competition similar to the television game show “Jeopardy.” More than 500 students had qualified through regional competitions around the United States.

Benji also was part of Stoller’s successful teams in the National Science Bowl and National Science Olympiad competitions earlier in the month, spending three out of the five weekends on airplanes and in national competitions.

Komo Chiu said Benji is gifted in computer science but academically well-rounded.

“I think the understanding of history is very important for young people as they think about their role in the world and how the world is going to change,” she said. “I am very proud that he’s good in such different subjects.”

Note: The original version of this article erred in Benji's silver medal-winning subcategory.

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