Eighth grader Landry Masters placed first in the C. J. Hooker Middle School’s National Geographic Bee. His classmates, Amanda Fernandez and Mehri Ghezel-Ayagh, placed second and third, respectively.
The National Geographic Bee is a nationwide competition of fourth through eighth graders held in thousands of schools across the United States. According to Social Studies Teacher and Geographic Bee Coordinator Rebecca Haskel, the Bee was very competitive this year at GIS, with 31 students qualifying to participate.
As the champion of the school-level Bee, Landry will take an online test which gives him the chance to qualify for the State level competition. Winners at the State level have the opportunity to compete in the National Championship Bee.
This year’s participants were Elizabeth Archer, Jaden Bisono*, Michael Bonito*, Joel Carrillo, Tyson Clark, Aidan Diglio *, Henry Dong, Amanda Fernandez*, Kiran Foster, Mehri Ghezel-Ayagh*, Kia Ghezel-Ayagh, Riley Horn, Axel Jackson, Gilbert Logan, Liam Lynch*, Raul Marin, Landry Masters*, Amelie McDonnell*, Grant Moore, Nik Marku*, Alex Picarello, Vasiliki Protopsaltis*, Matthew Schroeter, Nathan Smith, Aiden Thornell, Lance Valens.
* indicates participation in the Top Ten Final Competition.