On Monday, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, Washington Middle School in Meriden hosted the annual National Geographic Bee. Over 150 students participated in the preliminary competition from grades six to eight. Student competitors participated in seven rounds in the preliminary competition and were narrowed to just ten finalists. The school champion was eighth grader Scott Angilly of Cluster 3, and the school runner up was eighth grader Mason Zorovich also of Cluster 3.
Students were asked trivia style questions to test their knowledge of the social studies. Other finalists were eighth graders, Samuel Hurlburt of Cluster 3 and Ryan Rosario of Cluster 2. The seventh grade finalists included, Hailey Jensen of Cluster 6 and Alex Nedinsky, perfect score in the preliminary competition, Anthony Valerie, Aziz Bismillah, Jaedan Curcio all of Cluster 4. There was one sixth grade finalist, Michael Melendez of Cluster 7. The teacher monitors were Mr. Langlois and Ms.Stolfi, who would like to thank all the contestants, as well as our school interim Principal Donna Mik for hosting this special academic event. The students look forward to their champion qualifying to participate in the State-level competition at Central Connecticut State University in March 2018.