One hundred middle school students came to our state capital on March 30, 2012 to compete in the New York Geographic Bee, which is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. NYGA Board of Directors Member, Dr. Gale Sookdeo, organized a very successful event.
As always, the Bee was held at the New York State Museum in Albany. First, the participating students competed in the preliminary rounds. After some very challenging questions, twenty of them had perfect scores, so they entered the tie-breaker round. Carol Gersmehl, Co-Coordinator of the New York Geographic Alliance, moderated this part of the competition. At the end of this round, there were ten contestants who moved on to the Finals. NYGA's Timothy McDonnell moderated the final competition. All the students performed admirably, but at the end, the three winners were:
Apran Nair-Kanneganti, New York State Champion, from Henry H. Mills Middle School in Brewster, NY (Putnam County)
Gabriel Straus, Second Place Winner, from the Collegiate School for Boys in New York City.
W. Luke Sekowski, Third Place Winner, from Onondaga Hill Middle School, Syracuse, NY.
Photo on left: New York Geographic Bee Coordinator, Dr. Gale Sookdeo poses with Aparna Nair-Kanneganti, NYS Champion.
Photo on right: Gabe Straus, Aparna Nair-Kanneganti, Luke Sekowski, the three winners of this year's Bee.
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the 2012 New York Geographic Bee. Best wishes to Aparna, as she represents our state in the nationals next month in Washington, DC. A special thanks to Gale for all her hard work and to all the judges, scorekeepers and timekeepers who made the competition run so smoothly. "