Seventh-grader Ethan Vitale is the Locust Valley Middle School National Geography Bee champion and has earned that title by answering extremely challenging questions. During the annual Geography Bee, Ethan correctly answered questions that increased in difficulty with each round, but that did not ruffle him.

Knowing that the Nile River was the river on which the Aswan High Dam was built in the 1960s clinched the win for Ethan after 25 of his classmates were eliminated for answering their individual questions incorrectly. Ethan will now move on to the state level of the bee, which requires him to take a written exam. 

Participants qualified for the schoolwide Geography Bee by winning smaller geography bees in their individual classrooms. Social Studies Coordinator David Ethé said the success of the Geography Bee is a testament to the hard work of the students and teachers. “The middle school Social Studies curriculum is challenging, yet our students are achieving at high levels and retaining the lessons they are taught.” He added that this friendly competition reinforces those lessons while also providing some informative fun.

Congratulations to all of the student participants:

8th Grade: Colby Bennett, Megan Earley, Shannon MacArthur, Ryan Maselli, Quinn Torossian, Zachary Watson

7th Grade: Tess Barnaby, Theodore Burns, Jesse Chalif, John D’Addario, Brady Kahner, Carley Poczatek, Griffin Postley, Kieara Potter, Ethan Vitale

6th Grade: Oliver Blaise, Kyle Byrne, Olivia DelTatto, Leonard Gu, Jack Kadison,  Abdiel Mandujano-Rosales, Ryan Mejia, Aidan Moran Mollie Murray, Reilly Souther, Timmy Picoli