Mettawee announces Geography Bee results


WEST PAWLET — The Mettawee Community School held its school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 24. Seven finalists represented grades 4-6, with sixth grader Tucker Haynes emerging as school champion, sixth grader Nate Cole as runner-up, and fifth-grader John Smith taking third place.

MCS principal Brooke DeBonis said she was very proud of the students on stage.

"It was competitive, without being stressful, to get into the finals. You could see how hard all the students were working while on stage," DeBonis said. "They handled themselves very well, and this helps younger students look forward to taking part in the Geography Bee."

The seven finalists also included fourth-grader Gwenyth Lutz, fifth-graders Rowan Hughes-Muse and Aliza Marcus, and sixth grader Julianna Porter.

Mark Rampone, a Mettawee third-grade teacher, organized the school level Geographic Bee. He was assisted by Kelly Ahlfeld, MCS librarian/technology specialist who acted as moderator, and Amy Harris, MCS art teacher, who was the time keeper.

Tucker will take a placement test and will be notified by March 2 about his entry into the state level Geography Bee.

Up to 100 of the top scorers on the placement test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their home state bee.

Vermont's Geography Bee will be held April 6 at Castleton University, and the National Geographic Bee will be held in Washington D.C. on May 20-23.


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