Connecticut Geographic Alliance

Connecticut Geographic Bee 2013 Results

Michael Borecki, an eighth-grader from Middlesex Middle School in Darien took top honors at the 2013 Connecticut state-level Geographic Bee held on April 3, 2013 at Central Connecticut State University.   Michael, winner of the Connecticut State Geographic Bee for an unprecedented third consecutive year, received a $100 prize, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD,” and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he represented Connecticut in the national finals of the Bee at National Geographic Society headquarters in late May.  The National Geographic Bee is organized by the National Geographic Society.  This year’s state sponsors were Google and Plum Creek.
Michael bested second place finisher Rody Conway of The Foote School in New Haven, by responding correctly to the question “Niagara-on-the-Lake, which played a central role in the War of 1812, is located in which Canadian province?” with the correct answer of Ontario.  Matthew Vitelli, a sixth-grader from Sedgewick Middle School of West Hartford, finished third.           

One hundred five fourth- to eighth-graders competed in the Connecticut state finals.  Classroom winners in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Atlantic and Pacific territories, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools compete in the state-level Bees with the winners advancing to the National Geographic Bee In Washington, D.C.  Michael excelled in the preliminary rounds of the national competition but was eliminated in the eleventh round of the tiebreaker, just missing a spot as a Top Ten Finalist.

First place in the National Geographic Bee was earned by Sathwik Kamik, a middle school student from Massachusetts.  Sathwik received a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.  Second place finisher Conrad Oberhaus of Illinois received a $15,000 college scholarship and third place finisher Sanjeev Uppaluri of Georgia received a $10,000 college scholarship.  Sathwik will also travel with a parent or guardian, all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of Galápagos.  Travel for this trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

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