Darien Geography Bee FinalistsThe 10 finalists in the Darien Geography Bee were, front row from left: Yadira Cortes, Maahi Patel, Madison Stoll, Amando Gonzalez, Uyses Gomez; back row: Wyatt Barr, Adrianna Serna, Aubrey Cook, Camden Lockhart, and Christian Porras.



On Friday, January 20, 2017, Darien Elementary School held the final round of its annual National Geographic Bee. The Geography Bee at Darien begins in each 4th and 5th grade classroom in December with each student answering as many questions as they can through seven rigorous rounds. The top ten students who answer the most questions correctly are included in the Championship round.

Once students at Darien were notified about the upcoming classroom competitions, many students on their own accord obtained extra study materials such as atlases, almanacs, and even requested time to visit the National Geographic website to answer daily questions. Every year this final competition seems to get a little more competitive and exciting. It has really developed into quite a contest when you have the entire 4th and 5th grade along with parents, intensely watching these ten students battle it out over a number of difficult questions.

The ten finalists at Darien were:

4th grade – Uyses Gomez, Aubrey Cook,  Maahi Patel, Adrianna Serna, Madison Stoll, Amando Gonzalez

5th grade –  Christian Porras, Yadira Cortes, Camden Lockhart, Wyatt Barr,

At the end of competition, third place went to Christian Porras, second place to Madison Stoll, and first place to Maahi Patel. Maahi will be taking an online test and will be notified if she qualifies for the state competition.

Mr. Patrick Wrubbel, Darien fifth grade teacher was the coordinator/moderator of the Geography Bee.

According to its website, The National Geographic Bee “is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.”


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