Three Amherst Students Participate in Massachusetts Geography Bee

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?

Last updated July 11, 2010
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