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Gunn student walks away with a historic victory in Rome

Original post made on Aug 25, 2023

Abhivir Iyer's grueling path to victory in the International History Olympiad wound through the war zones of Africa, the lands of the ancient Maurya Empire, the Catholic cathedrals of Europe and the discography of Taylor Swift.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 25, 2023, 9:41 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by anon1234
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 25, 2023 at 10:10 am

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Congrats Abhivir!!!
Grand achievement
I can’t wait to check out your podcast!!!

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2023 at 10:21 am

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Very well done! Deep study of history will serve you well in adult life. I wish we had more voters and politicians who understood history. It would save us from terrible repeated mistakes. This is quite an accomplishment. I admire the hard work you did to earn this honor.

"History repeats itself. First, as a tragedy. Second, as a farce."

Posted by Forever Name
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2023 at 10:38 am

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Congratulations! Amazing achievement. This is both impressive and inspiring. Keep following your passion. It will serve you well in life.

Posted by neighbor1200
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 25, 2023 at 10:44 am

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Thanks for the article.

Posted by BP Parent
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 25, 2023 at 8:18 pm

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Congratulations Abhivir !! Impressive performance in such stressful conditions. It's wonderful to hear of a local teenager that is so interested in history.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2023 at 9:06 pm

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Well done for learning that there is more to history than they teach in school.

If only the rest of the student population learns from this. Learning how to think, how to see things from different perspectives, how to see between the lines of the approved history books, and to not accept everything without question, is a very important thing to be able to do instead of just being taught what to think.

Posted by Swati Krishna
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 27, 2023 at 9:25 am

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Truly inspirational Abhivir. In a world where everyone is chasing & following the herd, you have found your true passion and are building your own future. It’s a great achievement. All the very best! Keep up the rigor & follow your heart.

Posted by PA resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 27, 2023 at 8:39 pm

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Huge congratulations! Must also have been meaningful to achieve these wins in the historic city of Rome.

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