In this electronic age of Internet search engines and mobile navigation systems, it’s comforting to know that Locust Valley Middle School students don’t need to rely on technology to answer tough geography questions. The annual Locust Valley Middle School Geography Bee proved that students in sixth through eighth grade can read maps, know detailed facts about various parts of the world, and can perform under pressure!

This elimination-style bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society required participants to answer difficult questions under strict time restraints. Topics included map reading, questions about cities, U.S. and world geography,  historical and cultural geography, as well as the geography of extremes (such as weather).

Locust Valley Central School District’s Social Studies Chairperson, David J. Ethe, encourages students to study hard for the bee. “It reinforces the importance of this topic,” he explained. “This is one methodology of teaching different forms and types of geography.”

The finalists were: First Place, Sam Ward, 8th grade; Semifinalists, Christine Carroll, 7th grade; Ashley Rivardo, 7th grade; and Sean Reid – 8th grade.

The winner from each school competes in the state level (and if qualifies – the national level) of the bee by taking a written exam. Not only the finalists from Locust Valley, but all the participants are winners. “They all showed incredible knowledge,” Mr. Ethe noted. “They obviously studied hard and it showed, as they were focused and answered all of the questions with incredible confidence.”