SAMS Students compete in National Geographic Bee

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.  The contest is designed to motivate students to learn about the world and how it works.   The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.  Students from all 50 states are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee.


There are three levels of competition – school, state and national.  To compete for advancement from the school to the state level, the winning student at each school must take the online qualifying test.  As many as 100 of the highest- scoring students in a state advance to the state competition – April 6th, 2018.  The state bee champion advances to the national championship in Washington, DC., May 20-23, 2018.


This was the first year that students from the Shaler Area Middle School participated in this Geography Bee. Many students entered the competition and after four rounds of competition, three finalists emerged. Aiden Bayne, Justin Kristoff and Jayce Klysz met in the championship round to determine the winner. Congratulations to Jayce Klysz, the winner of the first Shaler Area Middle School Geography Bee. Jayce will now take the National Geographic qualifying test to see if he will participate in the state qualifying bee in Harrisburg. Congratulations also to Aiden Bayne and Justin Kristoff on their outstanding job in the final round.

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