Three John Tyler High School students swept the Regional Citizen Bee competition earlier this month, and one of them will go on to compete for the state title.
DaVonte Wilson, Jasinto Martinez and Raul Olmos placed first, second and third, respectively, in the April 4 competition at the Region 7 Education Service Center in Kilgore.
The students were among 29 competitors representing nine schools, according to an email from Region 7 social studies specialist Cheri Hood.
John Tyler teacher Patty Tucker helped prepare the students for the competition and was pleased with the results.
“DaVonte, Jasinto and Raul worked really hard to prepare for the competition, as did the entire John Tyler team,” Mrs. Tucker said, according to a Tyler ISD news release. “It is a wonderful accomplishment to have one student place, but to take the top three honors is outstanding.”
The Texas Citizen Bee is a civic education program and competition that provides high school students a way to study American heritage, according to the Region 7 email.
Students learn about the U.S. Constitution, landmark Supreme Court cases, the Bill of Rights and other political, historical and current events and people.
During the competition, students completed a written exam with 65 multiple-choice questions. This exam counts for 65 percent of the final score, according to the email.
In addition, students competed in four rounds of oral questions in front of a judging panel. These rounds counted for 35 percent of the final score.
As the first place winner, Wilson qualified to compete in the State Citizen Bee on April 26 in Austin.
There, he will compete against winners from the 19 other regions as they vie for the title and the prizes, which will be scholarship money.
“When I entered the Citizen Bee tournament, I was determined to win the competition and represent the school,” Wilson said, according to the TISD news release. “When I won first place in the Region 7 Citizen Bee, I was excited because I get to have the chance to go to the state championship in Austin and be a model contestant not just for my city, but to everyone at my school.”
The state competition will follow a format similar to the one at the Regional Citizen Bee, except it includes a final round-table discussion, according to the Region 7 email.