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Southampton Elementary School Holds 2013 National Geographic Bee

Jacqueline Gluck, a fourth grade student, won the challenging school-level competition of the 25th annual National Geographic Bee on Jan. 9.

Jacqueline Gluck, a fourth-grade student, won the challenging school-level competition of the 25th annual National Geographic Bee on Wednesday.

This is the 17th year of participation for Southampton Elementary School. The academic competition, sponsored this year by Google, is open to students in grades four through eight and promotes the instruction and study of geography. The competition is held annually in thousands of schools across the United States, in the five U.S. territories, and in Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world.

Kaitlyn Browne was the second place winner and Griffin Wei was the third place winner. The other finalists were Finuala Cree, Sayre McMahon, Holiday Bovio, Mackenzie Pepitone, Jarrett Helgerson, Elizabeth Gluck, and Nika Lea Tomicic. Throughout the fall of 2012, students enthusiastically prepared for the Bee in enrichment classes and geography recesses with Ms Cathy Musick (enrichment teacher and school bee coordinator) and through home study. Thirty-three fourth grade students participated in the preliminary classroom competitions held during enrichment classes from Dec. 13 to 20, 2012.

As school champion, Jacqueline Gluck will take a written qualifying test that will be submitted to the National Geographic Society. Up to 100 top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in the State Bee in Albany on April 5, 2013. State champions will compete in the National Geographic Bee national championship on May 20 to 22, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The national champion will win a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

More information on the Bee and 10 new daily questions in the GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz, can be found at www.nationalgeographic.com/geographicbee.

Congratulations to Jacqueline Gluck, Kaitlyn Browne, Griffin Wei, and all participants in the fourth grade!

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