Grove City College beats Harvard in history competition

Staff report


With a correct answer just seconds before the final bell, Grove City College recently defeated Harvard University to capture the championship in the second annual American History and Western Civilization Challenge Bowl at The King’s College in New York City.

Grove City College’s team of Noah Gould, Carolyn Hartwick and Elena Peters racked up 537 points to the Harvard squad’s 526, securing the lead and ultimate victory by correctly identifying 16th-century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe.

The matchup was the result of preliminary action in the American Heritage Education Foundation-sponsored event. The foundation invited four northeastern colleges to vie for the championship. Host school, The King’s College, as well as Princeton University were selected. The foundation promotes civics and history education and sees the bowl as a way to encourage teaching in these fields and rewarding students for their knowledge.

In the semi-finals, GCC faced off against Princeton, and The King’s College went up against Harvard. Team members each presented a speech on a topic and then proceeded to game show-style toss-up rounds. King’s College lost to Harvard, and GCC bested Princeton’s team with a final score of 672 to 540.

GCC also achieved the most points in the speech component, which included a memorized speech with extended prep time and one with limited prep time and notes. Each student on the winning team won a $4,000 cash scholarship. For information, visit

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