Jan. 6, 2017
Middle school students show knowledge of countries and continents, rivers
and regions in National Geographic Bee
Iroquois student Nicholas Riendeau, above left, and Van Antwerp student Colin Sanderson, above right, won the National Geographic Bee at
their respective schools in early January.
Iroquois and Van Antwerp Champions advance to next stage of
Middle School students Colin Sanderson and Nicholas Riendeau are one step
closer to a statewide geographic bee and a chance at a scholarship after winning
their school-based competitions that are part of the National Geographic Bee
held across the country each year.
In all, 19 Iroquois and Van Antwerp students demonstrated their knowledge of
geography in the school competitions, held on January 4 and 5.
Scroll down for photos from each competition.
Riendeau, a 7th grade student at Iroquois in Aubrey Salisbury’s Social Studies
class, won the school championship for the second year in a row. He and
Sanderson, an 8th grader in Tracey Newell’s social studies class, will now take
a qualifying test for a shot at the state and national rounds.
The participants in the middle school competitions are drawn from classroom
competitions. Runners-up were Van Antwerp student Alex Rust, a 6th grade student
in R.A. LeBel’s class and Duncan Wall, a 7th grade student in Dave Ackley's
Thousands of schools around the U.S., including Hillside Elementary School along
with Niskayuna’s two middle schools, are participating in the 2017 National
Geographic Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
The top 100 scorers in each state and territory on the test that school
champions take will be eligible to compete in their state Bee on March 31. The
National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip for state
winners to participate in the national Bee in May. The winner of that will
receive a $50,000 scholarship, a lifetime National Geographic Society
membership, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands.
Good luck to Nicholas Riendeau and Colin Sanderson as they advance and
congratulations to all of this year’s participants!
Do you want to test your geography knowledge? Download the “National Geographic
GeoBee Challenge app , with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees.
It’s available on the App Store, Android Market or for NOOK Color.
Scenes from the Van Anwerp National Geographic Bee Competition -
Jan. 4, 2017
Scenes from the Iroquois National Geographic Bee Competition -
Jan. 5, 2017