Summit Middle School eighth-grader Devaditya Ray has developed a method to help him remember important historical dates and events.

“I think of the historical time period as a story and that helps me remember. I put myself in that place in time where I have to make the decisions, such as ‘Am I going to buy this land or sail this river,’ and that helps me,” he says.

Ray’s strategy served him well last month when he beat out numerous other competitors to be named a Regional History Bee Champion and a National History Bee qualifier. In June, he will travel to Atlanta, Ga for the national competition.

“I plan to study a little bit each day until then, reading books and resources especially ones about the Constitution and the amendments.”

Ray isn’t setting a goal for Nationals. He’s listening to his parents who told him that he should “put his best effort into it.”

Ray also competes on Summit’s academic team, and also recently placed in the top 20 in the state Geography Bee.