“Buzzing” Around the Map at the Middle School

By BB&N March 21, 2023

Middle schoolers got to travel around the world without leaving the comfort of the Big Room thanks to twelve of their peers who competed in the 16th annual Geo Bee. This event was initially conceived by National Geographic but is now entirely run by history teachers and has survived the test of time, even operating virtually during the height of the pandemic. Homerooms hosted private competitions to crown a contestant resulting in six students from each grade vying for bragging rights and a special prize, courtesy of the history department.

The bee format included both written and verbal answers with a double elimination system, meaning once a student got two questions wrong, they were eliminated. After the first round, no students left the stage, an impressive start from the competitors. Each student dug deep to produce answers to the increasingly difficult questions, but in the end, only one student could prevail. Seth Kim ’27 won a closely contested bee, with runners-up Dean Riaz ’28 and Alan Wang ’27 placing second and third, respectively. 

Congratulations to all of the students who competed, and a big thank you goes out to the Middle School History Department for creating the questions and running the event. 

Click here for a gallery from the bee.