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Stanwich Student Advances in National Geographic Bee

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

​Stanwich students were tested on their knowledge of geography when they recently competed in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee. 

There was palpable excitement in the air as a group of The Stanwich School’s sixth, seventh and eighth graders prepared to be questioned during the school’s qualifying round for the 28th annual National Geographic Bee. The competitors included nine students, three in each grade, who qualified for the bee by taking a preliminary exam.

Each round during the bee, Stanwich Upper School history teacher Chris Hughes, the event moderator, asked questions for each contestant to answer orally and then asked a number of group questions in which contestants wrote down their answer on a dry erase board. In this competition, it’s two strikes and you’re out.

By the last round, three of the students were eliminated by a variety of questions, leaving seventh grader Jordan Mirabile as the victor in the competition. 

Jordan’s map studying isn’t over yet, however.  Mr. Hughes gave Jordan a qualifying test and he scored high enough to advance to the state level geography bee at Central Connecticut State University on March 31, 2017.  Each state then sends its winner to the national competition in Washington, D.C. from May 15 through 17.

The winner receives a $50,000 scholarship, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine, a Galápagos trip, and $500 cash.