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Vernon Geo Bee Champ Advances to State Bee

Cole with Mr. Youngs, Dr. Vacchio and Mr. Pesqueira

Geo Bee Champ Nicholas (Cole) Meyer with sith-grade teacher Mr. John Youngs, Principal Dr. Valerie Vacchio and K-12 Social Studies Supervisor Mr. Joseph Pesqueira.


Nicholas (Cole) Meyer, a sixth-grade student at James H. Vernon School and reigning school champion of the National Geographic Geography (Geo) Bee, has qualified to compete in the New York State Geo Bee in Albany, March 29. He is one of 100 students throughout the state to advance to the state competition after taking an online qualifying assessment.


Cole is the first student from the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District to advance to the state competition after the Geo Bee was introduced by K-12 Social Studies Supervisor Mr. Joseph Pesqueira three years ago to enhance learning at the sixth-grade level.


If Cole becomes a state champion, he will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington D.C. to represent New York State in the national competition, May 19-22. Students that place second and third in the state competition will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively. Winners of each state championship will advance to the national championship with the opportunity to win thousands in cash awards and college scholarships.


Mr. Pesqueira, sixth-grade teacher Mr. John Youngs, who conducted the school geography bee with Mr. Pesqueira, and Principal Dr. Valerie Vacchio applauded Cole’s achievement.


“We are all extremely proud of Cole for making history as the first student to compete at the state-level bee,” Mr. Pesqueira said. “We know that he will represent our District well and we wish him the best of luck as he moves forward in the competition.”


Visit for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee. Follow the National competition at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on May 19-22 at