Vernon 6th Graders Know Their Way Around
For the first time, Vernon 6th graders took part in the National Geographic Bee during their Social Studies classes on January 23rd and 24th.
Each student took a 35-question assessment provided by National Geographic. The students with the highest score in each homeroom were considered the “classroom winners.” They and the next top five scorers took part in the Vernon School finals on Friday, January 27th at 3:00 pm in the Vernon cafeteria.
Parents and family members of those students who advanced to the finals were invited to attend the competition.
The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students from 10,000 schools across the United States are competing in the 2017 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.
The Vernon Finalists who competed in the Vernon School finals were: Richard Baugh, Colin Campbell, Ryan Capone, Joseph Frobey, Paul Passarelli III, Matthew Piechuckie, Elijah Porter, Jayden Romano and Eleanor Underberg. Paige Sweeney was a finalist, but could not be at the Friday afternoon final round.
The final round was a closely contested match that came down to an exciting tie-breaker round between Richard Baugh and Colin Campbell. Richard Baugh was the Vernon winner. He will advance to the next round and is one step closer to the grand prize. The winner receives a $50,000 scholarship, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine, a trip, and $500 cash. The 2nd place winner receives a $25,000 scholarship and $500 cash. The third place winner receives a $10,000 scholarship and $500 cash. The 4th -10th place winners receive $500 cash each.
Each school champion must take the online qualifying test by that date for a chance to qualify for the state Bee. School champions who qualify for the State Bee will be notified in early March. State Bees take place in every state, and the District of Columbia, on March 31.
The National Championship Bee will be held at the National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on May 15-17, 2017. On May 19, 2017, the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will broadcast the championship at 8 pm EDT.