Middle School Holds Geography Bee

  • This Year’s Middle School Geography Bee

    Yields A New Challenger


    Nine Middle School Finalists competed in the 21st annual National Geographic Geography Bee at the school level. These nine students (Liam Haber, Jennifer Lembeck, Sean Lorthoir, Philip Maehr, Jordyn Nadler, Katie Oskey, Stephen Pace, Jarrett Tucker, and Abby Winiecki) proceeded to the next round for a series of elimination questions.  


    Some questions were “real stumpers,” and while each student accepted the challenge, soon only three were left standing: Philip, Jennifer, and Sean.


    Once the second round ended, Jennifer and Sean were the final two competitors. After yet another set of difficult questions, seventh-grader Jennifer answered the winning question to become the school-level champ.


    As the winner at the school level, Jennifer will take a written geography exam which will be sent to the National Geographic Society. “Up to 100 of the top scorers from each state will be selected to compete in the State-wide Bees. The winners of the State bees will get an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete at the National Level Bee, on May 19th-20th, hosted by Alex Trebek and televised on ESPN,” explained Middle School Librarian Michelle Phillips.


    According to the Competition website, “The National Geographic Bee winner will be awarded a $25,000 and a lifetime membership in the Society. The winner will also travel (along with one parent and guardian)—all-expenses-paid—to the Galapagos Islands with Jeopardy host Alex Trebek and the Jeopardy Clue Crew to experience up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of Galapagos.”


    Congratulations and wishes of good luck go to Jennifer, kudos to all the students who earned their places in the school-round of the competition, and a special thank you goes to both the panel of judges who helped with the scoring and Ms. Phillips who organized the event.