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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tenney Grammar School, Methuen- March 27th

42° 43' 55" N
71° 10' 40" W 
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The EarthView team is pleased to be back at Tenney Grammar School In Methuen for the third year in a row! 

If you have seen our team in previous years while visiting Tenney Grammar, we might look a little different. Today just so happens to be the Massachusetts Round of the National Geographic Geography Bee.  Our very own Dr. Domingo is a judge and Ms. Rosalie, aka. the Globe Lady, is the moderator at today's event! 

As you may or may not know, the National Geographic Geography Bee is a competition that is open to all schools that  teach students in grades 4-8. Each school holds its own Geography Bee competition and typically there is a winner from each grade level. The winners of each grade level then compete against each other to determine the winner of the school. The winning student then has to take a 1 hour written test about Geography. If he or she scores high enough on the test, he/she is eligible to compete at the state level. Only the top 100 students in each state are allowed to compete at the state level. 

Today's event takes place at Worcester Academy in Worcester, Ma. Worcester Academy is a co-ed boarding school for students in grades 6-12 and postgraduates. The school is very much into the concept of Sustainability (which we had talked about in a previous blog post) and is involved in other Geography related activities, such as being the host of today's event.

The winner of the Massachusetts Geography Bee today will head to Washington, D.C. to compete against the other state level winners in the National Geography Bee that will take place May 11th-13th.

Good luck to all of the competitors in today's competition! Maybe even Tenney Grammar's own representative student will make it to the National competition, we will have to wait and see! Let's hope that the winner of the National Bee comes from Massachusetts just like in 2013 when Sathwick Karnik from Plainville won. Another interesting thing to note is that Earthview Wrangler, Eva Ratcliffe participated in her middle school's Geography Bee back in the 2006-2007 school year when she was a 6th grader. She placed first for her 6th grade team but did not win when competing against the other winning team members. Little did she know that she would later become a Geography Major at Bridgewater State University and be here working for EarthView!  

The National Geographic Geography Bee is a wonderful event and competition where the students always amazing us with their deep knowledge of geography. We here at Earthview hope that today's competition opens the minds of our young students to become more actively involved in Geography as it is everywhere. 

UPDATE: The 2015 Massachusetts Geography Bee winner is Lucy Chae, a 7th grader from Charles E. Brown School in Newton. This is the first time in its 27 year Geography Bee participation that Massachusetts has had a female student win the right to represent Massachusetts at the National Geography Bee in Washington DC May 11th -13th. Congratulations to Lucy and to all the many students across the state who participated in the Geography Bee.
Runners up were; Michael Izdal of Wilson Middle School in Natick and Markus Elbert of Oak Hill Middle School  in Newton.

If you would like to learn more about the event you can watch the local news clip here or you can read the article posted in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette here

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