Student "‘bee' knowing" his geography

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:45

    WEST MILFORD-Like a sailor of olden times, Dominick Albanese, a fifth-grade student at Westbrook School knows his geography and won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 6. With it comes a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 17th annual National Geographic Bee. The Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The kickoff for this year's Bee was the week of Nov. 15, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including Dominick Albanese, take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee April 1. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the National Geographic Bee national championship on May 24 and 25. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the Society. "Jeopardy!" host, Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals on May 25. The program will air on the National Geographic Channel, and afterward on public television stations, produced by Maryland Public Television. Check local listings for dates and times. Homeroom winners for the fourth grade were Kurt Petsch, Jeremy Nardiello, and Wesley Pierce. Fifth grade homeroom winners were Olivia Maltempi, Dominick Albanese and Nicole Hubbard. Representing the sixth grade were Michael Petsch, Megan Pitino and Erica Mariani.