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Eshaan Vakil Wins International History Olympiad

Clark High School student Eshaan Vakil won seven medals at the 2016 International History Olympiad, held July 17-24 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu.

The award ceremony was held on the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor on July 24. The top 85 history students from 38 countries around the world competed the week-long event full of competitions, field trips, seminars with professors and social events.

Vakil is the first student from Nevada who has ever qualified and won at this event. He recently graduated from Hyde Park Middle School and is now a freshman at Clark High School. Competitions at the Olympiad include history quiz tournaments, exams, simulations of historical events, and a civilization computer game tournament among others.

The top three students in every age division for each event earn gold, silver, and bronze medals. The medals count is updated throughout the week.

Vakil won the following events: • Gold, Art History • Silver, Recent History • Silver, History of the Cold War • Silver, International History Bee Championship • Silver, Visual History • Bronze, Naval History • Bronze, International History Team Championship.

Qualification is conducted through participation in regional and state competitions, as well as the National Championships of the National History Bee and Bowl in US and the International History Bee and Bowl events. The Olympiad does not limit the number of students who can attend per country, as long as they qualified.

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