SRDS Hosts First Annual Geography Bee for Middle School

Michael Pasenchuk, 6th Grade wins the first ever Saddle River Day School National Geographic Bee.

Michael Pasenchuk, a 6th grade student won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee today and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, where students answered a series of difficult questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.
 
Thousands of schools around the U.S. and its territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. Pasenchuk will next take a qualifying test to see if he can move on to the New Jersey state Bee; winners of the state Bees win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national championship rounds in May. National Geographic will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship in May 20-23, 2018. It will air later on public television stations.
 
The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. Over three decades, over 1500 state champions have traveled to D.C. to participate in the finals and more that $1.5 million in college scholarships have been awarded. Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting Geo Bee Quiz, Kahoot, or download the GeoBee Now app.
 
Pasenchuk and nine other students made it through two early rounds of the school Bee in order to qualify for the SRDS finals. In the past twenty years, a New Jersey student has won the national Bee three times; with hard work and luck, we hope to add Pasenchuk’s name to that list.
 
For more information on the Bee visit www.nationalgeographic.org/bee.
 
Thanks to Middle School Head Dr. Jennifer Davids and the faculty for their efforts in making this event a success!

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