National Geographic GeoBee

On January 18, eighth-grader Aarush Kumar won the Seven Bridges school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee and now has a chance to win a $25,000.00 college scholarship.

At Seven Bridges, a preliminary Bee was held for each social studies section. Then, each grade-level team held a semifinal round resulting in two finalists per grade. The final group of participants included the following students:

Sam Bourne
John Flannery
Advait Huggahalli (Runner-Up)
Rebecca Humphries
Aarush Kumar (School Winner)
Oliver Mogartoff
Michael O'Malley (3rd Place)
Ben Prober

National Geography Bee. Contestants seated at tables on a stage. National Geography Bee. Contestants seated at tables on a stage andwering questions.
School principal Dr. Mazza with school winner Aarush Kumar. Gourp photo of the eight participating finalists.

Each year, thousands of schools around the United States and in the five US territories participate and the school winners, including Aarush, will now take a written qualifying test for the chance to move on. If Aarush qualifies, he will have the chance to participate in the New York State geography bee in Albany on March 29. The written test is comprised of 70 multiple choice questions, which must be completed in 60 minutes. 

Developed by the National Geographic Society in 1988 to promote geographic knowledge among young people in the United States, the National Geographic GeoBee is an academic competition for public schools, private schools, and homeschools in the United States and its territories, as well as the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS).