Middle school students demonstrate knowledge in National Geographic Bee

Van Antwerp student Colin Sanderson displays his National Geographic book in the Van Antwerp auditorium.   Iroquois student Nicholas Riendeua displays his National Geographic book in the Iroquois cafeteria.

Iroquois and Van Antwerp Champions advance to next stage of competition

Middle School students Colin Sanderson (top left) and Nicholas Riendeau (top right) 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.

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 class.

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.