Back to Back Geographic Bee Wins for 7th Grader, Torcato Zina
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Friday, January 19, 2018
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Baird Middle School students with an interest in geography were invited to participate in the school - wide competition of the National Geographic Bee;  a competition BMS has participated in for over 25 years.  Students compete against each other by answering questions focused on various geographical topics. The winning student then has the opportunity to qualify for the state competition.

According to the NGB website, “Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition.”  

Laura O’Keefe, BMS Social Studies chairperson was again, this year, the official coordinator/moderator for the contest.  The following BMS Social Studies teachers also served as the official timekeepers and judges: Kevin Weiss, Anna Baboval, Bonnie Manchester, and Tina Russo.

In early December, all BMS students competed in the preliminary round. After a series of run-off questions, the field narrowed to the top nine students who then advanced to the final competition, which was held on January 16th. At the end of several intense rounds, 7th grader, Torcato Zina, won the honor of school champion, for the second consecutive year. 8th grader, Elizabeth Pereira, garnered the second place honor.

The following students received honorable mention:

6th grade: Mary Zachara, Jacob Moquin, Lizzie Roberge

7th grade: Alex Brown, Gabrielle Gonsalves

8th grade: Hunter Proulx, Darius Housey

At the conclusion of the competition BMS Principal, Stacy Monette commented, "Kudos to all students who advanced to this level in this year’s geography bee.  This is not an easy contest- students answered some very tough geography questions.  I am so incredibly proud of all of them and especially Torcato for winning a second year in a row!"

Of his back to back wins Zina commented, “It's feels pretty good. I felt more prepared this time and I was a lot less nervous, so that helped. I feel confident I will qualify to go back to the state competition again this year.”

O’Keefe explained that Zina will now take the online NGB geography exam, hoping to qualify for the state level competition, which will be held on April 8, 2018.  Stay tuned for updates!

BMS Principal, Stacy Monette, congratulating Elizabeth and Torcato.

*Photo credits- Jordan Funke

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