Koutsoukos brothers compete in history, geography competitions

After winning the 2017 Lower Hudson Junior Varsity History Bowl competition in January, Wilton High School freshman Alexander Koutsoukos is going on to compete in the Junior Varsity National Championship in Washington, D.C., April 21-23.

The National History Bee & Bowl hosts history quiz tournaments in more than 20 countries, and encompasses an elementary and middle school division, the U.S. Geography Olympiad, the U.S. History Bee, and the International History Olympiad.

When Alexander was a seventh grader two years ago, he was named the champion of the Connecticut State National Geographic Geography Bee.

Like his brother, sixth grader Lukas Koutsoukos was crowned the winner of Middlebrook School’s National Geographic Geography Bee this January and went on to compete in the state championship in New Britain last month.

Lukas qualified for a run-off competition for the championship after missing only one question in eight rounds, but was not crowned the state champion.

“There’s no doubt that Lukas will be looking out into the crowd from the championship stage in the next two years,” said social studies teacher John Priest, who has run Middlebrook’s geography bee for several years.