A group of Fayetteville-Manlius middle school students recently proved they know their way around the world.
Thirty F-M students tested their knowledge of cultural, physical and economic geography during the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee, which was held at Eagle Hill and Wellwood middle schools in January.
The GeoBee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, and is designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Students in grades 4 through 8 from 10,000 schools across the United States compete in this annual competition, which features school, state and national contest levels.
Thirteen Eagle Hill students participated in the competition and its top three finalists included:
- Daniel Manta, grade 5
- Scott Hills, grade 8
- Emmeline Reinhardt, grade 5
Wellwood’s event had 17 participants, including its finalists:
- Eli Kligerman, grade 7
- Cooper Dereszynski, grade 8
- Akshay Kolvapally, grade 5
In order to be qualify for the state-level GeoBee, school competition winners must take a written exam and receive a top 100 score within their state. State winners will travel to the national competition in Washington, D.C. in May.
Thanks to a favorable score on the qualifying exam, Daniel and EIi will represent F-M at the New York State GeoBee on March 29. The event is being held at the New York State Museum in Albany.
This year, the national GeoBee champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands. Second- and third-place winners will each receive a $10,000 and $5,000 college scholarship, respectively, and a $1,000 cash prize.
Eagle Hill GeoBee participants by grade level:
Wellwood GeoBee participants by grade level:
Thirteen Eagle Hill Middle School students participated in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee.
Eagle Hill Middle School GeoBee’s top three finishers were (from left) Emmeline Reinhardt, third place; Daniel Manta, first place; and Scott Hills, second place.
Seventeen Wellwood Middle School students participated in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee.
Wellwood Middle School GeoBee’s top finishers were (from left) Cooper Dereszynski, second place; Eli Kligerman, first place; and Akshay Kolvapally, third place.