Congratulations to our local geography experts: Solomon
Rueschemeyer-Bailey, Jonathan Hosea, and Gareth Barr, who participated
in the Massachusetts Geography Bee, open to only 100 students statewide.
The three students had emerged as their school champions in this
year's school level GeoBees, held in January. Solomon is in 6th grade
at Wildwood, Jonathan is in 6th grade at Fort River, and Gareth is a 7th
grader at ARMS. Statewide, each school champ took a written test, in
an attempt to qualify for the state bee, and these Amherst students were
among the top 100 scorers in the state. The state bee was held on
Friday, April 9 at Worcester State College.
In Worcester, Solomon, Jonathan and Gareth competed with students in
grades 4-8, answering extremely challenging questions that were prepared
by the National Geographic Society. Questions ranged from geographic
terms to historical knowledge to cultural information and current
events. These students all showed deep knowledge of the subject, as
well as composure and poise as they answered individual questions in
front of a large audience.
For further information about the National GeoBee, see: www.nationalgeographic.com/geographybee/. To test your own geography knowledge, visit: www.sporcle.com/games/category/geography. There are 195 countries in the world-- how many can you name?