On Thursday, January 9th, 2020, the Lower School conducted the final round of the National Geographic GeoBee. Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic GeoBee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest motivates students to learn about the world and how it works. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition. With cash prizes and scholarships available at the state and national levels, the contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.
The Lower School held a preliminary round that included all students in grades 5-7 before winter break to determine the 10 students who would compete in the final competition. The 10 students who made it to the finals were Carlos Bonilla, Carson Covington, Ethan Creadon, Chris Giblin, Luke Francis, Niko Panuthos, Gregory Ransone, Erfan Razavi, Morgan Rodgers, and Hannah Singleton.
The final competition at the school GeoBee consists of a final round and a championship round. The final round questions reduce the number of contestants from 10 to two. In the championship round, Erfan Razavi was able to outlast Carlos Bonilla to win the school GeoBee Championship. Ethan Creadon finished in 3rd place.
To compete for advancement from the school to the state level, Erfan must take the online qualifying test. As many as 100 of the highest-scoring students in a state or territory advance to the state competition. The state GeoBee champion advances to the national championship in Spring 2020. Good luck Erfan!