Pearse state Geographic Bee finalist
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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.