Edgartown School abuzz with geography bee

Edgartown School will host its 23rd annual National Geographic Bee at 9 am on Tuesday, January 18, in the gymnasium. Students in grades 4 through 8 are eligible to participate.

Each year thousands of schools in the U.S. take part in the Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. Google is a sponsor.

Purpose of the contest is to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography, according to the Society’s website.

Each participating school is responsible for its school-level Bee and produces one school winner.

Fifth grade teacher Gary Smith has run Edgartown School’s geographic Bee competition for several years.

The winner of next week’s school Bee will take a written test to see if he or she qualifies to represent Edgartown School at the state level Bee. The top 100 students statewide, based on qualifying test scores, will compete in an oral competition on April 1.

State winners will compete in national finals at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., on May 24-25, for scholarships in the amount of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000.