Seventh-grader Ethan von Bergen has qualified to represent Darlington School in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee on March 29. This is the third year in a row that von Bergen has won the school's Geo Bee competition.
The initial leg of the Darlington competition consisted of seven rounds of 35 questions per round. The top ten contestants continued to the next round and elimination continued until there were only three students left. A final round was held to determine the winner.
“We are thrilled that Ethan continued his winning streak with his third Geo Bee win,” said Angela Pieroni, eighth-grade science teacher and assistant director of Pre-K to 8. “Ethan has a true passion for learning about geography and the cultures of the world. We anxiously wait to hear if Ethan has qualified for the state level competition for the second year. What a true accomplishment for a seventh grade student to be a three time winner, with yet another year ahead of him!”
Von Bergen has taken the online state qualifying test and is awaiting the results to see if he will continue to the state level competion. If selected he will compete at the state level against qualifiers from around Georgia. The winner from each state and territory will then advance to the national competition, which will be held May 19-22 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Each year, thousands of schools across the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee, competing for college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.