The pressure was on for two Locust Valley Middle School students as they stood on the auditorium stage in front of almost 600 of their classmates, vying for first place in the annual Locust Valley Middle School Geography Bee.

Sixth-grader Liam Pharr and eighth-grader Danielle Zambuto were calm, cool and collected, as they had prepared very well. Their teachers had covered the material in the bee during class, and they had studied on their own as well. Through several rounds, including one in which they had to answer questions based on a map projected on an overhead screen, the students consistently answered every question correctly. They had learned the locations, climates, borders and terrains of many places around the world in order to become the final two contestants.  

In the end, Liam won first place. He will now take a written test for submission to the next round of the bee, which is the New York State competition. Social Studies Department Coordinator David J. Ethe said the geography bee is a fun and exciting way for students to display their knowledge and gain confidence, knowing that what they are learning in class is worthwhile. “The students not only enjoy participating in the bee but also like watching it while rooting for their classmates and learning from the questions and answers at the same time,” Mr. Ethe said.

Congratulations to Liam and good luck in the next round!