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.