The competition actually began last spring when a current third-grade student approached Keena with the idea of a Geography Bee. “I told him it was a great idea and to get back to me in the fall,” said Keena. “He remembered, and this fall approached me about scheduling the competition.”
Keena acted as emcee for the competition, asking questions about the geography of New Jersey and beyond. “What two countries have a population greater than one billion?” asked Keena. The students, equipped with white boards and pens, wrote their answers and held them above their heads for the judges to see.
The fourteen students answered twenty questions, and the ten students displaying the highest number of correct answers continued on to the next round. The ten semifinalists answered ten additional questions, and the three students with the highest number of correct answers proceeded to the final round. Participating in the final round were third graders Joshua Scott and Sofia Testa, and fifth grader Aashna Vajramani.
The final round was close, with second and third place being decided by a tie-breaking question. Scott took first place, with Vajramani taking second and Testa earning third. “It was great to see so many students remembering facts, places, and statistics about our state, our country and beyond,” said Keena. “To know and display the level of detail required compete even at the local level is quite an accomplishment.”
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