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Irvington Middle School Students Compete In Geography Bee

Pictured are the 10 finalists of Irvington Middle School's annual Geography Bee.
Pictured are the 10 finalists of Irvington Middle School's annual Geography Bee. Photo Credit: Submitted

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Ten finalists competed in Irvington Middle School's eighth annual Geography Bee on Jan. 8.

“These 10 students waged a spirited competition despite a challenging set of questions and were supported by an enthusiastic audience,” Principal David Sottile said. “Some of the questions they answered correctly had the adult audience scratching their heads.”

The finalists answered a series of U.S. geography questions in front of their parents, classmates, teachers and administrators.

To qualify for the competition, all students completed a written test in November. The students with the highest scores advanced to the finals.

Eighth-grader Zachary Rosman won the competition for the second year in a row. He will take a written test for an opportunity to compete at the statewide National Geographic Bee to be held April 1. He competed last year.

Seventh-grader Killian Daly was runner-up.

The other finalists were Alexander Bjorgvinsson, Henry Demarest, Rishit Gupta, Will Herte, Iain McGiffin, Arushi Parekh, Wyatt Triestman and Matthew Weidler.

“Whenever students are learning history, they need to think about the geography of the area they are studying and consider, for example, what natural resources are available and what difficulties provided by the natural environment humans will need to overcome or utilize,” said Eve Zeese, a social studies teacher and middle school Geography Bee coordinator. “Geography is connected to history as well as to current events.”

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