In what has become an annual tradition for the last 31 years, the National Geographic Society supports GeoBees for American students in fourth through eighth grades. Thousands of schools are competing across the United States and the five U.S. territories. Also competing are Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world.
The Moravian Academy Middle School (MAMS) GeoBee began in mid-October with 43 students competing in seven preliminary rounds. This year, preliminary tiebreakers were necessary for both the sixth and the eighth-grade students. With the preliminary rounds now complete, we have nine finalists who will be competing to be the MAMS GeoBee winner. The winner will be announced once the championship round ends in early-November.
This year’s finalists are:
6th Grade – George Botros, Hunter Zicherman, and Harry Vicic
7th Grade – Megan Dadio, Fisola Oyerokun, and Gianna Guarasi
8th Grade – Okezue Bell, Elena Tongg-Weiler, and Michael Alchaer
The MAMS GeoBee winner will advance to the next level of competition which is to take the qualifying test to determine state competitors. Up to 100 of the top test scorers in each state become eligible to compete in their State GeoBee.
The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., next May to participate in the GeoBee national championship, competing for cash prizes, scholarships, and an all-expenses-paid expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II.