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American History & Western Civilization Challenge Bowl™ (AHWCCB)

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American History & Western Civilization Challenge Bowl™ (AHWCCB)

The American History & Western Civilization Challenge Bowl™ (AHWCCB) is an academic competition and scholarship for college/university student teams who compete in their knowledge and understanding of Western Civilization and of America’s history, founding philosophy, and civil institutions in order to determine America’s top colleges in educating students on these subjects.

AHEF started AHWCCB™ to address a growing problem—the increasing deficiency in and need for strong civic education in our nation’s schools, culture, and society.  Americans of all ages and backgrounds are increasingly uninformed about America’s founding history, principles, and civic institutions.  Further, many schools and colleges no longer teach or require students to take civics, American history, or Western Civilization—though such education is a fundamental responsibility of schools.  Studies and reports in the last 20 years confirm these trends.

The goals of the AHWCCB™ are:

1)  to encourage college programs and students to teach and learn these subjects/principles, the American idea, and what it means to be an American;
2) to ignite excitement, engagement, humor, fun, and youthful appeal in the learning of America’s heritage;
3)  to improve understanding, appreciation, and love of the United States of America;
4)  to develop informed, patriotic leaders and contributors in American society; and
5)  to develop an educated citizenry essential to our self-governing republic.

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With a competitive spirit, academic recognition, and financial incentives for student competitors and sponsoring schools, the AHWCCB™ aims to reignite the study of Western Civilization and America’s founding history and philosophy.  Such civic knowledge and understanding is one of the most important purposes of American education. AHWCCB™ also aims to encourage students to become well-informed, engaged citizens and contributors in society who are equipped to perpetuate America’s founding values.  These outcomes benefit our nation and future.

AHEF’s first AHWCCB™ was held on January 27-28, 2017.

January 27 – 5 pm – Texas Southern University (TSU) vs Sam Houston State University (SHSU)
January 27 – 7 pm – Texas State University vs Houston Baptist University (HBU)
January 28 – 3 pm – Finals

Doubletree Hilton Hotel – Greenway Plaza (Edloe & Southwest Fwy)
6 Greenway Plaza East, Houston TX 77046 (lower level, Bluebonnet Rm)
Hotel phone: 713.629.1200.
Free Admission.

Honoring Four Academic Team Competitors:
Texas State University – Coach, Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez
Sam Houston State University – Coach, Dr. Brian Domitrovic
Texas Southern University – Coaches, Dr. Jesse Esparza and Dr. Julie Quesada
Houston Baptist University – Coach, Dr. Gary Hartenburg

Academic Judges and Moderator:
Dr. Stephen Balch,  Director of The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, Texas Tech University
Dr. Robert Koons, Professor of Philosophy and Co-Founder of The Western Civilization and American Institutions Program, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. John Tyler, Program Coordinator of Legal Studies and Professor of Government, Houston Baptist University

For more information about AHWCCB 2017 see:  AHWCCB™ 2017, The Founding Blog,, Feb 3, 2017


In the news:
SHSU Team Wins First History Challenge Bowl, Sam Houston State University, Feb 15, 2017
Culture Influencers:  John Tyler, Gary Hartenburg, Houston Baptist University, Feb 3, 2017
HBU places second, American History & Western Civilization Challenge Bowl™, Houston Baptist University, Jan 31, 2017
American Liberty and Principles of Western Civilization: Texas State team revives 70’s quiz show format, San Marcos Daily Record, Jan 24, 2017

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