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A 'historic' accomplishment

Woodbury Middle School seventh grader Peter Blanchfield tried his best to make history on Friday at the National History Bee's 2013 National Champions

Blanchfield was one of 425 students from across the United States who were competing for a $1,000 scholarship.

During the national competition, each student competed in six preliminary rounds of questions.

The students with the top 40 scores at the conclusion of the preliminary rounds advanced to the championship rounds, which narrowed the group down to one eventual champion.

Blanchfield qualified for the national championship after winning the regional finals back in March in Minneapolis. His run ended during preliminary competition at the national bee.

A history fan

Blanchfield said he has always loved history, specifically ancient Greek and Roman history.

"I like how Rome held onto its territory for so long," he said. "Even though it crumbled eventually, Rome still has a lasting influence today. And the Greeks really shaped the Western world."

Blanchfield said he likes how history is a look into the human experience.

"History is learning about the human experience throughout history," he said, "what humans did and how they became what they are now. Plus, it's about how people back in history kind of shaped our modern history."

Blanchfield said his teachers also contributed to his love of history.

"I've had a lot of great teachers who make history fun," he said. "They make history come to life."

Blanchfield said he hopes to actually talk with some of his teachers about starting some sort of history club or history competition at Woodbury Middle School.

Making history

Leading up to the national championship, Blanchfield said he prepared by reading through the official National History Bee study guide, quizzing himself and reading through some history books.

In total, Blanchfield said he spent about 15 hours studying.

During the regional competition,Blanchfield competed in six preliminary rounds of questions.

Blanchfield advanced to the regional championship round after receiving one of the top 40 scores.

The top 40 students were narrowed through several rounds before the champion was named.