Homeschooled student wins National Constitution Bee

The tournament is designed to demonstrate a student's knowledge of the Constitution by answering multiple-choice questions, as well as giving unique orations about certain parts of the document.

Updated: October 26, 2021 - 3:39pm

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A homeschooled senior from Tennessee won this year's National Constitution Bee, showcasing his superior knowledge of the nation's founding document. 

Braeden Farley of Spring Hill, Tennessee won the tournament's top honor of Grand Champion, as well as a $10,000 college scholarship.

Farley is the second person in his family to bring home the Grand Champion title, behind his elder brother, Noah, who captured the top prize in 2017.

The tournament is designed to demonstrate a student's knowledge of the Constitution by answering multiple-choice questions, as well as giving unique orations about certain parts of the document.

According to the Tennessee Star, the students went through nine elimination rounds of multiple-choice questions. Only two students answered a question incorrectly.

"I think that’s a new record," said Christina Botteri, the co-founder of Star News Education Foundation.

After the elimination round, five students, including Farley, advanced to the championship round where each had to compose a speech within twenty minutes based on a prompt inspired by the Constitution. The students then had three minutes to deliver the speech to the three judges.

After a grueling day of showcasing their knowledge, the five contestants were narrowed down to the top three who then competed in a lightning-fast elimination round.

There were six rounds during the final match, where students were asked extremely difficult questions.

At the end of the round, Farley was declared the winner after answering all questions correctly.

This is the fourth year the National Constitution Bee has taken place.  

 

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