AE/MS Participates in Geography Bee

By Jane Slayton

Left to right – Henry Wagler, Braeden Mackenzie, Ben Kelly, Caroline Sahs, Maura Kelly, Jason Koziol, and Aidan Heller.

The National Geographic Society Geography Bee is held in more than 11,000 schools across the country. AE/MS has participated for decades. The questions are designed to increase the students’ knowledge of the world through competition and fun.
The competition began in the classrooms with every student in grades five through eight competing for a spot in the school round of the Geography Bee. With questions ranging from World to United States geography, the challenge for the students was at a very high level. Some clues for questions were based on interesting science facts or just the seven continents of the world. The questions can be quite difficult.
In the school competition, there were seven students competing for the title of AE/MS Geography Bee Champion. Fifth grade winners were Ben Kelly and Henry Wagler. Representing grade six were Braeden Mackenzie and Jason Koziol. Seventh grade champ was Aidan Heller and representing grade eight were Caroline Sahs and Maura Kelly.
Middle School Social Studies teacher Megan Philbrook asked the students question after question as they moved through the process. At times, students needed to discern their answers by looking at a map. The students put forth a strong effort, and the competition lasted  several rounds before a school champion was named. In the end, Caroline took the title of Andover’s 2017-2018 Geography Bee Champ!
The next step for Caroline is to take an online test and to earn the score necessary to compete at the state level. We are confident that she will advance. The staff, students, and the Andover community want to wish Caroline the best of luck as she moves through the process. Go Caroline!