Ninety students from Merrick Avenue Middle School recently tested their geography comprehension during the annual school-wide National Geographic Bee.
Students first competed at the classroom level, with two winners from each social studies class progressing to the school-wide competition.
Seventh-grader Sean Imel took won the competition and will take a written examination to qualify for the state competition.
The bee questions, prepared by the National Geographic Society, focus on US geography, continental and physical geography and historic locations.
“The social studies department works very hard creating a sense of community in their classrooms to develop geographic skills, which feed into the Common Core Learning Standards,” Karen McGuinness, social studies chairperson, said. “It’s really a lot of fun for students to become educated citizens.”