More Successes in Chesterfield County schools

National History Bee

Chesterfield County Public Schools had 17 students qualify to compete in the National History Bee, which will take place June 9-12 in Chicago. The National History Bee, a social studies competition for elementary and middle school students that tests knowledge of a wide range of historical topics, has three stages:

  • Stage 1: This includes an optional intramural bee and a mandatory online qualifying exam.
  • Stage 2: The top students from the online exam compete in one of 39 regional final competitions across the United States (including one that took place May 2 at Fairfield Middle School).
  • Stage 3: Top finishers from the regional finals are eligible to advance to the national finals. For more information, go to

These 17 Chesterfield County students qualified for the National History Bee and have the opportunity to compete for the title of National History Bee Champion; additionally, several of these students qualified for the U.S. Geography Olympiad, which will also take place June 9-12 in Chicago:

  • Manchester Middle — Michael Dennis, Thomas Ensley, Jack Nuckols, Donovan Stollsteimer and Ken Zhang
  • Robious Middle — Jackson Ackermann, Ross Bazzichi, Dominic Genett, Hannah George, Sachin Sanjay and Kayla Shore
  • Tomahawk Creek Middle — Ethan Clark, Carter Dolan, Colin Grace, Elle Kim, Shaun Mathew and Nathan Winiarski

Environmental recognition

Three Chesterfield County schools were named Virginia Naturally Schools for their environmental conservation and stewardship: Clover Hill High for the eighth year, James River High for the seventh year and Robious Elementary for the sixth year. Across the state, only 57 schools were recognized in 2015 in this program overseen by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.