Johns Creek 11 Year Old wins National History Bee



JOHNS CREEK, Ga.— Eleven-year-old W. Foster Michaelis earned the title of 2013 National History Bee Elementary School National Champion June 1 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

After completing an online regional qualifying exam, the fifth grader from Medlock Bridge Elementary School joined students from elementary through middle school in Atlanta at Bauder College for the Atlanta Regional Finals Feb. 18.

Michaelis tied for third place and was the only elementary student to make the top 10.

Michaelis’ performance at the Atlanta Regional Finals earned him for a spot to compete in the National History Bee along with 51 other elementary students from around the country.

Michaelis secured the championship with a question related to Argentina winning a with a final score of 7-5.

Michaelis' parents Keri and Charlie Michaelis, younger brother Luke, grandparents Sue and Bob Paarz and Medlock Bridge Elementary teachers Amber Ray and Cindy Olson were all there to cheer Michaelis on.

Before he turned three, Michaelis was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. which gives him difficulties in social interaction and communication.

During the competition, students were asked to share an interesting fact about themselves, and Michaelis told everyone about having Asperger’s.

Michaelis is a Boy Scout, chess player, video game enthusiast, geography fanatic and basketball player.

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