CGPS Middle School National Geographic Geography Bee Crowns Winner To Move to Further Rounds

Now in its fourth year, the Middle School Geography Bee or “GeoBee” gives students an opportunity to compete nationwide for prizes and recognition. The bee, sponsored by National Geographic, is open to students in grades four through eight. National Geographic notes that children from nearly 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee, with a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion.

This year,17 CGPS Middle School students competed in the preliminary round of the bee, having advanced to the competition through a top score on a geography quiz given by Middle School history teacher Marc Peters. “I choose the questions so that they represent a good sample of what the bee will be like,” Mr. Peters explained. 

The preliminary round narrowed down the number of contestants to eight. These students competed in the final competition last week. “The bee itself does get harder as the rounds progress. The questions start out as multiple choice, but choices aren’t given for later questions,” Mr. Peters says. 

This year, Jack R. ‘25 was crowned the CGPS champion. This is Jack’s second year as the winner. As he did last year, Jack now has to take an online test to see if he qualifies for the State Bee in Albany, which allows him to compete statewide. The winner of the State Bee ultimately goes on to compete in the National Champions in Washington D.C. in May, which is televised. 

For Mr. Peters, the Geography Bee is a pleasure to organize: “I enjoy doing the geography bee because it gives young students a chance to experience academic competition, usually for the first time,” he said. “Some students find they have a new subject of interest from the bee. I feel that geography is an important subject that gets largely overlooked in American society. I am doing my small part to change that.”

We wish Jack the best of luck in further rounds!