THOMPSON _ Thompson Middle School’s Nima Sherpa has won the school’s National Geographic Geography Bee, qualifying him for the statewide geography bee and a chance to compete in the national championship in May.
“It was rewarding to see the students so excited about the National Geographic Bee,” said Teacher Jay Hardell. “Competitions like this are great opportunities to have students take interest in the world around them. So often we get caught up in our own bubbles: through geography, students can see that there is a great world out there to explore.
Nima, an eighth grade student, won the school competition last year as a seventh grader. Eighth grader Jack Adase finished second and Emily Carita, a seventh grader, finished third in the school-wide competition.
“All of the students performed admirably,” said Thompson Public Schools Curriculum Director, Ian Polun. “The students answered questions that had many in the audience stumped.”
All schools throughout the country use the same questions (provided by National Geographic).
These questions are used for all grade levels, five through eight. Some of the questions included:
- Gray wolves were once wiped out from Yellowstone National Park, but have made a comeback in recent years due to conservation efforts. Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming, Montana, and which other state?
- The St. Lawrence River flows out of the easternmost of the Great Lakes. Name this lake.
- Bulgaria is bordered on the east by what large body of water?
“The students really liked it a lot,” said Teacher George Jewell. “The students were fully engaged throughout the geography bee. The contestants did a really great job. Congratulations to all the participants and to Nima Sherpa for winning the event.”
The school champion will now take a written test for qualification in the state-level bee. Up to 100 of the top scorers in Connecticut will compete in the state bee on April 5, 2013. The state champion will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the national championship rounds in May. The first place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip.
“Everyone associated with Thompson Public Schools is proud of our winner and all of the finalists. We wish Nima the best of luck in his attempt to qualify for the state and national bees,” said Mr. Polun. “We look forward to his continued excellence throughout the school year.”