Students at St. Mary School in Canandaigua recently competed in the classroom round of competition for the National Geographic Bee. The competition was held Dec. 19, and all the students in the fourth through eighth grades who were present that day competed in the contest.
Two winners were named from each grade level and those 10 students will advance to the school round, which will be held in St. Mary’s gymnasium on Jan. 11. Those winners are: fourth-graders Beth Daino and Nathan Ruppel; fifth-graders Elsa Lilly and Matt McMullen; sixth-graders Emma Daino and Astrid Lilly; seventh-graders Sarah Neubecker and Natalie Ruppel; and eighth-graders Tanner Bussey and Greg Heiler.
The student who wins the Jan. 11 school round then will take a written test to qualify for the state-level competition. The national championship round will be held in Washington, D.C., in May, and the champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship.