Mettawee Comm. students compete in Geography Bee

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WEST PAWLET — The Mettawee Community School held its preliminary rounds of the school-level geography bee last month, joining schools across in Vermont and across the country in testing students' world knowledge.

The nine finalists were the top finishers who scored five to six correct answers in the preliminary competition.

They included John Smith, Rowan Hughes-Muse, Tim Pratt, Sam Cole, Tucker Haynes, Isis Breton, Myra Aldanondo, Tim Southworth, and Collin Norton.

The final competition and championship round was held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, principal Brooke DeBonis said. Southworth, a 6th grader, was the school champion, with Smith (4th grade) finishing second and Haynes (5th grade) placing third.

Southworth took the required placement test on January 31, and will be notified by March 1 as to whether he got into the state level bee. Up to 100 of the top scorers on the placement test will be eligible to compete at the state bee, which will be held on March 31 at Castleton University.

"I am proud of all the students who were on stage answering the challenging geography questions in front of the whole school," DeBonis said.

"A big thank you goes to [Mark] Rampone for organizing the geography bee and for being the judge and scorekeeper.

I would also like to thank [Kelly] Ahlfeld for being the moderator and [Amy] Helmetag for being the timekeeper," DeBonis said.

"It was a great experience for our students and I am so proud of all their hard work in preparing for this geography bee."


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