Geography bees underway at Middlebrook

This month, all Middlebrook teams are holding team-wide geography bees, as part of the annual National Geographic Bee.
Winners from each team will then advance to the school finals round, scheduled to take place Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 3:30 to 4:15 in the school library. All students and their families are invited to attend.
The winner of Middlebrook’s final round will go on to compete against winners from other Connecticut schools in the Connecticut State National Geographic Geography Bee onApril 1.
Last year, Middlebrook seventh grader Alex Koutsoukos was named the state champion. He was accompanied to the state competition at Central Connecticut State University by social studies teacher John Priest.
Middlebrook has been participating in the bee for more than 10 years, Priest told The Bulletin last year, and until Alex, the school had “always had students advance to the state championships but never finished higher than fourth.”
Although Middlebrook represents grades six through eight, Priest said, the competition is open to students in grades four through eight, and all school Geo Bee champs must take an online qualifying test.
State Geo Bee qualifiers will be announced March 4 and invited to the state championships in April, during which they will answer several rounds of questions, such as “Which country on the Scandinavian peninsula is largest in area?” (The answer is Sweden.) “Many people think that a bee like this represents the rote memorization of facts and figures,” Priest told The Bulletin last year.
“I have moderated our school bee and attended several state competitions — students must understand the relationship geography has to current events, history and sociological concepts.”
The state champion will then go on to compete in the national competition of the Geo Bee, May 22-25, at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Click here to learn more about the National Geographic Geo Bee.