Reena E. fought her way to Third Place in the State Geography Bee.
101 of the State’s top Geography Students met in Jacksonville on Friday to compete for a chance to participate in the National Geography Bee.
As a sponsor, I was able to watch Reena compete in the preliminaries. Reena was the only girl in a room with 19 other students. She was the only student in the room to get all 8 questions correct in the competition. Only three other students besides her had no incorrect answers. That meant that Reena was in the finals. Reena was the only girl out of the ten finalists.
When the finals began, Reena was awesome answering some really tough questions. This years state competition was harder than any other I’ve seen in the past. Everyone who has done it for years agrees. When all was said and done, Reena ended up in third place. The two questions that eliminated her were VERY tough. I wouldn’t have answered them correctly.
She received a t-shirt, a hard back atlas from National Geographic, another atlas, a check for some money, and a very nice bag.
Everyone should be EXTREMELY proud of her accomplishment. She has represented herself and Stone Middle very well.
For the second year in a row, Reena E. has qualified for the Florida State Geography Bee. In order to qualify, Reena had to be one of the top 100 students in the state on the qualifying exam.
This is a HUGE honor for Reena and Stone. The State Geography Bee will be held on April 9, 2010 in Jacksonville.
Last year, Reena made it to the State Finals and finished 6th in the entire state! WOW!
Please congratulate Reena on her accomplishments and wish her luck on April 9th.
The Stone Middle School Geography Bee was held on Tuesday, January 19. Stone’s Social Studies Department Chair, Ms. Ramirez reports that once again, Reena E. came away with the highest score. Second and Third Places went to Christopher H. and Brandon B.
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 encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.