Slaoui, a 5th grade student at Hillside won the school competition of the
National Geographic Bee on Jan. 29 which gives her a chance at a $50,000 college
scholarship. Amira was one of twelve Hillside 4th and 5th grade students who
volunteered to participate, spending two months preparing and studying at home
and during recess in the library.
During the Hillside's school Bee, students answered questions about geography. This was the first round of the 28th annual National Geographic Bee.
Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2016 Bee. The school champions, including Amira, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 1, 2016. The winner at the state level will go to Washington, DC to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 22-25, 2016.
The 2016 Hillside participants include 4th-graders Luke Allen, Fiona Bean, Rocco Foti, Morgan Jones-Stutz and Rebecca Schmidt; and 5th-graders, Josie Beltramo- 2nd place finisher, Madison Geer, Luxy Hart, David Henson, Ryan Hesler, Amira Slaoui- 1st place finisher, and Anna Vinciquerra-3rd place finisher.