Hastings Students Compete In 2014 Geography Bee

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The nine Farragut Elementary School fianlists, from left and standing, are Jackie Collins, Thomas Silver, Hannah Laffer, and Kimberly Rosner; sitting are Sam Rabinowitz, Katelin Penner, Ethan Pochna, Ben Ratzkin and Molly Gouran. Photo Credit: Contributed

HASTINGS-On-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Farragut Middle School eighth-grader Katelin Penner has passed the first hurdle on the road to compete in the 2014 National Geographic Geography Bee.

Katelin won her school's Geography Bee then took a written multiple choice exam to find out if she will qualify to move on to the state-level of competition in Albany to be held on April 4. She will find out on March 1 if she will compete at the state-level.

“Most questions at the school-level were easy for me, but on the state qualifying test they were more challenging,” said Katelin. “Those questions ended up touching on subjects that weren’t just pure geography, but had a relationship to it such as earth science and ancient history questions.”

Thomas Silver placed second, and Hannah Laffer placed third in Farragut’s finals. Both are seventh-graders.

The other finalists in the Farragut Bee were fifth-grader Kimberly Rosner, seventh-graders Jackie Collins, Molly Gouran, Ethan Pochna, and eighth-graders Liam Kaufman, Skylar Losepovici and Sam Rabinowitz.

Each year, thousands of students across the nation participate in the National Geographic Geography Bee, which is open to students in grades four through eight.

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, according to the competition’s organizers. The annual event begins with classroom competitions, where students are asked a series of questions covering all facets of geography in the United States and the world. Students who answer seven out of seven questions correctly are invited to compete in the school’s finals, which were held on Jan. 14.

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