Fifth Grader Wins School Geography Bee

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Fifth Grader Wins School Geography Bee

Antonio Puopolo, a fifth grade student at Hilltop Country Day School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 30, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.

“We are so proud of Antonio,” said Head of School Peter Gordon. “All of our participants showed  good sportsmanship during the competition and displayed their geography prowess in the Bee which ended in a head-to-head tie-breaker round.”

Thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S territories are participating in the Bee. The school champion will take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee March 31, 2017.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 15-17, 2017. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

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