Tennessee 4-H History Bowl

Mrs. Janet Cluck, County Director and Extension Agent in Dickson County, is the donor for the State 4-H History Bowl awards. We thank her for the continuous support of this great competition!

  1. Each county may select two members, who are State 4-H Congress delegates, to participate in the regional Tennessee History Bowl elimination.
  2. Each region may select two members to participate in the State Tennessee History Bowl.
  3. All questions to be used in the Tennessee History Bowl will come from a bibliography of publications which will be sent to each county office prior to the regional contest.

Part I

  1. There will be a pool of 12 questions with each team having the opportunity to answer four questions each without any competition from the other teams.
  2. The questions will be rotated between the regions. For example, the Western Region will have one question, then the Central Region, and the Eastern Region until all regions have the opportunity to answer a question for a total of 12 questions. Each team’s questions will be drawn from the pool of questions on stage.
  3. A correct answer will count 10 points. An incorrect answer will result in 10 points deducted from the team’s score. There is not penalty for an unanswered question.
  4. A team will have five seconds to answer a question.
  5. Scores earned in Part I will be added to scores earned in Part II to determine the winner.

Part II

  1. Each team will be seated at a table with a signal box. When a question is asked, the first team to press its signal button will have the opportunity to answer the question. The team whose signal light is activated will have the opportunity to answer the question even if another team answers out of turn. After one signal button is pressed, no other signal will register. Be sure your signal is lighted before providing an answer.
  2. The team with the activated signal will have five seconds in which to give an answer. Either member of the team may press the signal button and either may answer the question, but it would be wise for one team member to be sure of the answer before flashing the signal.
  3. If the signal button is pressed before the question is completed, that team must answer with no further information given.
  4. Correct answers will county 10 points each. An incorrect answer or failure to answer after a team has turned on its signal light will take 10 points from a team’s score. There will be no partial credit for a question.
  5. A team that has negative 50 points drops out of the contest.
  6. The contest will continue until one team has scored 200 points or until expiration of allotted time, whichever comes first.
  7. If two or more teams are tied when time is up, one question will be asked to break the tie (other teams are not eligible).
  8. Score will be kept digitally and projected onto the screen for the audience to see.

The two individuals making up the state-winning History Bowl team will receive engraved plaques and a $50 cash award. All other participants will receive a $25 cash award.

  • Western Region:
    • Reece Chandler, Weakley County
    • Roberto Rivera, Crockett County
  • Central Region:
    • Hadley Brown, Sumner County (state winner)
    • Abigail Barnett, Sumner County (state winner)
  • Eastern Region:
    • Jim Jenkins, Hawkins County
    • Mason Valentine, Sevier County