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  July 20, 2012


Freeholder Vice President Patricia Sebold of Livingston (left) presented the Board’s Commendation to Jason Morganti of Fairfield in recognition of his outstanding performance as New Jersey’s representative at the National History Bee Middle School Competition held in Washington, D.C. PHOTO BY GLEN FRIESON

(Newark, NJ) – Jason Morganti of Fairfield was honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders during its Thursday, July 19, 2012, meeting held at Livingston Town Hall for his outstanding performance as New Jersey’s representative at the National History Bee Middle School Competition.  Jason, a 14-year old 2012 graduate of West Essex Middle School, was one of only 32 participants from across the country invited to take part in the two-day event held in Washington, D.C., on May 11th and 12th, when he reached the second day of competition and finished among the top 8 competitors.  Freeholder Vice President Patricia Sebold of Livingston, who co-sponsored the award with Freeholder Leonard Luciano of West Caldwell, presented the framed Commendation to Jason in front of an audience that included his parents, Michael and Jennifer, his sister, Megan, and grandmother, Joyce Kosco.

The National History Bee for Middle School Competition, which was created by the National History Bee & Bowl and sponsored by school book publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is an academic quiz tournament that promotes history education in a fun and exciting way.  Starting in October of 2011, students in grades 6 through 8 across the nation first took multiple choice tests at their schools, with the top two scorers at each school then moving on to take on-line regional qualifying examinations, and those qualifiers then participated in the 32 Regional Finals from coast to coast, with the winners moving on to the National Finals in Washington, D.C.

Jason successfully took his multiple choice test at West Essex Middle School and then the on-line regional qualifying exam, which qualified him to compete with 23 other students from New Jersey in the Regional Final held on March 20, 2012, in Flemington, which he won, thereby earning his trip to the National Finals as the New Jersey Region Champion, which was moderated by TV personality, Al Roker, and televised on the HISTORY Channel on June 1st.

In addition to being a history buff (especially the period from the 1940’s through the 1990’s) and watching the HISTORY Channel in his spare time, Jason is a member of Boy Scout Troop 7 in Fairfield, is involved in Track and Field and trap shooting, and enjoys playing baseball and soccer with his friends.

“Well, it’s been quite an adventure to get here”, said Jason, “and I can’t thank my parents and the rest of my family enough for supporting me in everything I do, as well as the staff at West Essex Middle School.”  In a good-natured turning of the tables, Jason then quizzed the audience to see just how many were able to answer the questions he answered correctly during the competition’s first round.  Needless to say, Jason remains the New Jersey Regional Champion.

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