On Jan. 28, Draper Middle School was one of thousands of schools nationwide to hold a local geography bee as part of the National Geographic Society’s National Geographic Bee. The challenging competition is designed to inspire students’ curiosity about the world.
More than 80 Draper students participated in a written preliminary test provided by the National Geographic Society, and the 10 top-scoring students went on to compete in Draper’s live geography bee. The school’s overall winner was Thomas Millett (eighth grade), while Julian McWilliams (eighth grade) came in second, and Andrew Cancilla (seventh grade) received third place.
After his victory, Thomas took an online qualifying test provided by the National Geographic Society. His scores will determine whether he will be invited to participate in the New York state regional level bee. Winners at the state level will proceed to the national bee in Washington, D.C., where the victor will walk away with a $50,000 prize to support his or her college education.
“It was impressive to see the work ethic and study skills of the students who were able to correctly answer these rigorous questions about geography from all around the world,” said Bill VanWie, coordinator of the bee.
Congratulations to the following additional participants from Draper’s bee: Michael Pierce (eighth grade); Madeline Hart (seventh grade); Steven Dias (seventh grade); Dylan Jenks (seventh grade); Julia Lee (sixth grade); Hunter Phillips (sixth grade); and Joseph Raucci (sixth grade).