Nate Kang

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Nathaniel Kang
Noted Subjects:
History, Generalist, all Sports, Classical Music
Current Collegiate Team None
Past Collegiate Teams None
High School Team St. Margaret's (2018 - Present)
Middle School Team Camelot Academy (2017 - 2018)
Grace Classical (CA) (2015 - 2017)

Nathaniel Kang (Class of 2022) is a high school history bee/bowl and quizbowl player for St. Margaret's Episcopal in Southern California. A five-year veteran of NHBB competition, as president and founder of the Saint Margaret's History Club, Kang was also responsible for establishing the school's history & general QB teams as well, in 2018.

Though the Tartans have several team members, as of spring 2019, Kang often ends up playing solo in tournaments.

Individual career

Nate is a four-time national semifinalist in the National History Bee and Bowl, achieving that feat every year consecutively since 2015. In his best nationals performance to date, at the 2018 Middle School National History Bee championships, he finished 5th in the country in the 8th grade division, but missed out on reaching the final round (top four) after losing to Cooper Roh in the semifinals by a margin of 1 question, despite leading for much of the game. (That semifinal room also included another member of the Four Horsemen, Shiva Oswal, who had managed to get out by scoring 8 points in only 9 tossups.)

He placed seventh nationally in JV at the 2019 US History Bee, eliminating reigning ACE NHB national champ Robert Muniz in the semifinals to finally advance to his first-ever finals appearance in a major nationals event. He has won a SoCal regional championship in history bee every year since he began playing in 2015 (5 titles). At the 2016 ACE regional finals, he won a close final against his former classmate at Fairmont Private School, Ameya Singh, by a score of 8-7 following a furious comeback at the death. (Down 7-3 to Singh with 7 questions to go in the packet, he came back from a 4-point deficit at the end of the game by getting 5 of the next 6 tossups to claim the Elementary championship.) At 2018 regionals, he cleared the championship round by reaching 8 correct responses in 9 tossups.

He also won two consecutive national championships spanning two iterations of the National Sports & Entertainment Bee, in 2017 (7th grade division, Atlanta) & 2018 (JV division, Arlington).

Despite his history experience, Nate only started to play general quizbowl as a freshman, in late 2018. He was invited to the 2019 NAQT IPNCT in Chicago, but did not attend.

Personal

He is an avid sports fan, and among his favorite teams are UCLA, the Los Angeles Angels, and Chelsea F.C. He takes pride in his Korean heritage. He runs cross country and track & field for St. Margaret's.

Studying

In History Bee, Kang has studied with and mentored his friend, Pegasus School player Max Razmjoo.