Troy Howard student to get a shot at State GeoBee

Feb 10, 2020
Troy Howard social studies teacher Chris LaValle, left, congratulates school GeoBee winner Reilly Newton, a seventh-grader.

Belfast — More than 300 students from Troy Howard Middle School participated in the school competition of the National Geographic GeoBee Feb. 5. Reilly Newton, a seventh-grade student, won first place, with Rohan Joseph and Ben Allen, also seventh-graders, placing second and third, respectively.

The school competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world.

Questions cover not only geography, but also ancient and world civilizations, cultures and physical features. The National Geographic Society developed the GeoBee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States.

Over more than three decades, more than 120 million students have learned about the world through participation in the GeoBee. School champions, including Newton, will take an online qualifying test; and up to 100 of the top test scorers in each state will then become eligible to compete in their State GeoBee.

The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to participate in the GeoBee national championship in spring 2020. Students will be competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll.

Learn more at natgeobee.org. In addition to the GeoBee, National Geographic also offers classroom resources, student experiences and professional development opportunities for educators.

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