On Nov. 4 and 8, Washington Middle School in Meriden hosted the annual National Geographic Bee. Over 200 students participated in the preliminary competition from grades 6-8. Student competitors participated in seven rounds in the preliminary competition and were narrowed to just ten finalists. The school champion was seventh grader Max Caplan of Cluster 4, and the school runner up was seventh grader Clara Fisher, also of Cluster 4. In third there was a tie between seventh graders, Sarah Kim and Illayda Boluk, also of Cluster 4. Students were asked trivia style questions to test their knowledge of the social studies. Other top 10 finalists also included, eighth graders, Ja' Marrion Lalanne, Michael Melendez and Caleb Scott. The seventh grade finalists were Evo Espiritusanto, Emenin Oguando, and Ella Rossi. The teacher monitors of the competition, Mr. Petrosky, Mrs. Thorpe and Mrs. Deane, would like to thank all the contestants, as well as our school Principal Daniel Corsetti for hosting this special academic event. We look forward to our champion qualifying to participate in the State-level competition at Central Connecticut State University in March of 2020.