Harborfields Student Advances in National Geographic Bee
On Tuesday, January 17, students of Oldfield Middle School in the Harborfields Central School District took part in the first round of the 24th annual National Geographic Bee, sponsored this year by Google.
Round one was a school-level competition in which students answered geographical questions orally. Eighth grader James Tully took first place in the school bee and now has an opportunity to win a $25,000 college scholarship as he moves on in the competition.
Winners of the oral portion of the competition will participate in the second round, a written exam, administered in their home schools. Students who score in the top 100 of the written exam are eligible to compete at the state-level bee on March 30.
National finals, moderated by Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, will be held on May 24, and will air on television.
“We are so proud of James and wish him the best as he advances in the competition,” stated OMS Principal Joanna Giordano.
(Photo above): Oldfield Middle School Principal Joanne Giordano, social studies teacher Chris Havranek, round one National Geographic Bee winner James Tully and social studies teacher Katie Scott.
Story and photo by Alison DeMaria