Congratulations to Grant Peterson, our Geography Bee Winner!

On Friday afternoon, sixteen of our 8th Grade students competed in the final school round of the National Geography Bee in order to determine who would represent Wheatley in the next round of the competition.

The event was the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward middle-level students’ curiosity about the world.  Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history, and earth science.   The contestants answered increasingly difficult questions about five themes of geography in seven rounds that included favorites such as “Weird… But True!” and “Odd One Out” before several students advanced to the final rounds.

After in-class preliminary rounds (held in Social Studies 8 classes), the following sixteen students qualified for the Wheatley Final Round:

  • Amir Agarwal (GT)
  • Rachel Aquino-Okeke
  • Skye Blau
  • Grant Callahan
  • William Caroddo
  • Daniel Dayter
  • Michael Emouna
  • Neha George
  • Tobey Hirsch
  • Sonia Patel
  • Grant Peterson
  • Andrew Pinto
  • Tyler Richman
  • Zachary Samuel
  • Lauren Tavolacci
  • James Tercynski

Congratulations to Grant Peterson, this year’s Geography Bee champion! Grant outlasted Daniel Dayter and Sonia Patel in a nerve-wracking final round. Grant will now have the opportunity to take a qualifying test for the State GeoBee, which will be held in Albany this coming March.

Thank you to Dr. Scott Eckers, our Social Studies Chair, for hosting the final round. Thank you as well to all of the 8th Grade teachers (Mr. Michael Haig, Ms. Courtney Clarake and Mrs. Gina Topping) for supporting this competition in their classrooms.

Congratulations to Krittika Prajapati, Wheatley’s 2018 Geography Bee Winner!

On Wednesday, nineteen of our 8th Grade students competed in the final round of the National Geography Bee in order to determine who would represent Wheatley in the next round of the competition.

After in-class preliminary rounds (held in Social Studies 8 classes), the following nineteen students qualified for the Wheatley Final Round:

  • Jaime Behar
  • Declan Brady
  • Brian Chirel
  • Aidan Dearborn
  • Ben Gold
  • Charlotte Iannone
  • Jeremy Kang
  • Andrew Kim
  • Luke Kupstas
  • Jeffrey Melnikov
  • Nike Oshodi
  • Armaan Pahuja
  • Krittika Prajapati
  • Brian Schmuck
  • Lucas Schmuck
  • Daniel Solomon
  • Evan Wang
  • Justin Wong
  • Jace Yagoda

Congratulations to Krittika Prajapati, this year’s Geography Bee champion! Krittika outlasted an impressive field of candidates, edging out Andrew Kim in the final round! Mr. Eckers, our Social Studies Chair, needed to go through eight rounds before a winner could be declared!

Thank you to Mr. Scott Eckers, our Social Studies Chair, for hosting the final round, and Mr. Matt Haig for keeping score. Thank you as well to all of the teachers (Mr. Patrick Clarke, Mr. Matt Haig, Mr. Michael Haig, Mrs. Cindy Schwartz and Mr. Scott Eckers) for supporting this competition in their classrooms.

 

Congratulations to Jack Keys, Wheatley’s 2017 Geography Bee Champion!

Earlier this week, eleven of our 8th Grade students competed in the final round of the National Geography Bee in order to determine who would represent Wheatley in the next round of the competition.

After in-class preliminary rounds (held in Social Studies 8 classes), the following eleven students qualified for the Wheatley Final Round:

  • Tyler Burke
  • Gabriela D’Ayala
  • James Dearborn
  • Joseph Doria
  • Jack Keys
  • Frederick Lin
  • James Lopes
  • Eric Ness
  • Dalia Savy
  • Andrew Thaler
  • Peter West

Congratulations to eighth grader Jack Keys, this year’s Geography Bee champion and runner-up, eighth grader Eric Ness.  The National Geography Bee took place on Wednesday, January 31, 2017 where 11 students competed.  The eleven students initially competed in their social studies classes, allowing them to move on to the finals on Wednesday. Congratulations to Jack and Eric and all 11 competitors:  T

Eventually, Jack and Eric were the only students standing! During the final round, Jack edged out Eric for the victory! Congratulations to Jack on being designated as Wheatley’s Geography Bee Champion for 2017!

Thank you to Dr. Richard Shear, our interim Social Studies Chair, for hosting the final round, and thank you to all of the teachers (Mr. Patrick Clarke, Mr. Matt Haig, Mr. Michael Haig, Mrs. Cindy Schwartz and Mrs. Gena Topping) for supporting this competition in their classrooms.

Congratulations to Patrick Brady, Wheatley’s Geography Bee Champion!

Earlier today, seven of our 8th Grade students competed in the final round of the National Geography Bee in order to determine who would represent Wheatley in the next round of the competition.

After in-class preliminary rounds, the following seven students qualified for the Wheatley Final Round:

  • Rahul Ajmera
  • Emma Blennau
  • Patrick Brady
  • Maggie Caroddo
  • John Lopes
  • Brendan Resnick
  • Emily Yagoda

Eventually, Rahul and Patrick were the only students standing! During the final round, Patrick edged out Rahul (in the tiebreaker!) for the victory! Congratulations to Patrick on being designated as Wheatley’s Geography Bee Champion for 2016! (Rahul’s sportsmanship at the end of the competition impressed everyone!)

Thank you to Dr. Gately for hosting the final round, and than you to all of the teachers (Mr. Patrick Clarke, Mr. Matt Haig and Mrs. Cindy Schwartz) for supporting this competition in their classroom.

 

Brooke Schwartz is Wheatley’s 2015 Geography Bee Champion!

Our Annual 8th Grade Geography Bee permitted students to showcase their geographic knowledge in a fun and competitive forum! After our 8th Grade Social Studies teachers held the first round in their classrooms, the following students were identified to compete in the final round:

  • Khavi Ahmed
  • Karan Amin
  • Sean Gray
  • Andrew Gullotta
  • Andrew Hirsch
  • Matthew Kreitzer
  • Pricillia Prasad
  • Zachary Schloss
  • Brooke Schwartz
  • John Scudero
  • Joanna Signorile
  • Vedant Singh
  • Danielle Smichok
  • Brandon Zhu

During P9 on Thursday, these students were then seated on the auditorium as their classmates watched the activity. After a tense series of questions (asked by moderator Dr. Danielle Gately), Zachary Schloss and Brooke Schwartz were the final competitors standing. Ultimately, Brooke beat out Zachary to claim the title of 2015 Geography Bee Champion!

Congratulations to Brooke and thank you to Dr. Gately and our 8th Grade teachers for assisting with this event: Mr. Haig, Mrs. Schwartz, and Mrs. Topping

 

Aidan Pereira is Wheatley’s Geography Bee Champ! (Correction)

This is a correction to the original post, which incorrectly identified the winner as Aiden Wong.

After a grueling and tense competition, it took two overtime rounds to finally crown Wheatley’s newest 8th Grade Geography Bee champ: Aidan Pereira! Aidan edged out Saman Suleman just as time was expiring in the competition! Aidan has earned the right to continue on in the National Geographic Bee competition.

Congratulations to all of our competitors, who earned the right to compete on stage after scoring well on the in-class assignment. A big “thanks” to the 8th Grade teachers, Mr. Shannahan and Ms. Schwartz, along with Mr. McConaghy (who served as a very capable moderator).

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