Pearse state Ge­o­graphic Bee fi­nal­ist

Record Observer - - COMMUNITY - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CHESTERTOWN — Kent Cen­ter is host­ing its first De­vel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties Aware­ness Month Ben­e­fit Din­ner Satur­day, March 25.

The din­ner will be held at the cen­ter’s ban­quet hall and will be catered by Kent House Kitchen. Tick­ets are $50 each and in­clude tours of the cen­ter’s fa­cil­ity, din­ner and a $25 con­tri­bu­tion.

March is ded­i­cated to rais­ing aware­ness of de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties. Kent Cen­ter is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides 24-hour a day ser­vices for adults with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties.

Hid­den Trea­sures is cel­e­brat­ing 25 years in busi­ness on March 30 with ex­tended hours, sales and good­ies in the store.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Kent Cen­ter, call 410-7787303 or visit kent­cen­ter.org.

CENTREVILLE — Abby Pearse, a 7th-grader at Stevensville Mid­dle School, was re­cently no­ti­fied by the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic So­ci­ety that she is one of the semi­fi­nal­ists el­i­gi­ble to com­pete in the 2017 Mary­land Na­tional Ge­o­graphic State Bee. The con­test will be held at Mary­land Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion on Fri­day, March 31. Abby is the daugh­ter of Peg Don­a­van and Bill Pearse.

This is the sec­ond level of the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Bee com­pe­ti­tion, which is now in its 29th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth­grade stu­dents through­out the state to de­ter­mine each school cham­pion. School cham­pi­ons then took a qual­i­fy­ing test, which they sub­mit­ted to the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic So­ci­ety. The Na­tional Ge­o­graphic So­ci­ety has in­vited up to 100 of the top-scor­ing stu­dents in each of the 50 states, the Dis­trict of Columbia, Depart­ment of De­fense Dependents Schools and U.S. ter­ri­to­ries to com­pete in the State Bees.

Ac­cord­ing to Sean Bar­num, StMS Ge­og­ra­phy Bee co­or­di­na­tor, the en­tire school par­tic­i­pates ev­ery year in the con­test with the school cham­pi­onship tak­ing place dur­ing the an­nual So­cial Stud­ies Expo that takes place each win­ter. Out of the 516 stu­dents at StMS, 10 stu­dents made it to the school fi­nal. The 10 stu­dents are re­duced to three fi­nal­ists for the cham­pi­onship round, ex­plained Bar­num. This year the third place fi­nal­ist was Zoe Katz, sec­ond place was Pa­trick Out­ten, and the school cham­pion was Abby Pearce.

Bar­num said, “Her [Abby’s] knowl­edge of ge­og­ra­phy must run in the fam­ily be­cause her brother Jack was our school cham­pion for the two pre­vi­ous years. As a 7th-grader, Abby has a chance to tie her brother next year.”

Af­ter win­ning at the school level, Abby was then re­quired to take the state qual­i­fy­ing test to see if she would be se­lected for the next round of the Bee, said Bar­num. Af­ter a few weeks the school was in­formed she had qual­i­fied. Bar­num said Abby was one of only four stu­dents who at­tend Eastern Shore schools, out of 100 pri­vate and pub­lic school stu­dents statewide who qual­i­fied. The other three stu­dents from the Shore who qual­i­fied at­tend schools in Sal­is­bury.

“Here at StMS,” said Bar­num, “his­tory classes on all three grade lev­els fo­cus on ge­og­ra­phy and its im­pact on the people who live there. We reg­u­larly try to draw at­ten­tion to the di­ver­sity in our world ev­ery­day in ev­ery class­room in our school.”

Bar­num noted the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Bee is not con­fined to ge­og­ra­phy, but also cov­ers cul­ture and hu­man in­ter­ac­tion. How­ever the stu­dents who do well in this com­pe­ti­tion, said Bar­num, have a per­sonal affin­ity for world ge­og­ra­phy.

“Nat­u­ral cu­rios­ity and abil­ity to re­tain in­for­ma­tion are cen­tral to the stu­dents who find suc­cess in the con­test,” said Bar­num.

Each state cham­pion will re­ceive $100, the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Con­cise At­las of the World, 4th Edi­tion, and a trip to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., to rep­re­sent their state in the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Bee Cham­pi­onship to be held at Na­tional Ge­o­graphic So­ci­ety head­quar­ters, May 1417. The na­tional cham­pion will re­ceive a $50,000 col­lege schol­ar­ship, a life­time mem­ber­ship in the So­ci­ety, in­clud­ing a sub­scrip­tion to Na­tional Ge­o­graphic magazine, and an all ex­penses paid Lind­blad ex­pe­di­tion to the Galá­pa­gos Is­lands aboard the new Na­tional Ge­o­graphic En­deav­our ll. Travel for the trip is pro­vided by Lind­blad Ex­pe­di­tions and Na­tional Ge­o­graphic.

The Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Chan­nel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Bee Cham­pi­onship, mod­er­ated by jour­nal­ist and hu­morist Mo Rocca, on Fri­day, May 19, at 8 p.m. Pub­lic tele­vi­sion sta­tions will broad­cast the fi­nal round at a later date. Visit www.nat­geobee.org for more in­for­ma­tion on the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Bee.

ABBY PEARSE

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