Geography Bee: From New Guinea to the Berlin Conference

DANBURY—Knights of Columbus McGivney Council #29 held its fourth annual Regional Catholic Geography Bee on March 15 at St. Joseph School in Danbury.

Thirteen fifth through eighth-graders from five parochial schools in the northern portion of the Diocese of Bridgeport participated.

Colman Tokar (center), a sixth-grader at St. Rose of Lima School in Newtown, won after seven elimination rounds by identifying Hawaii as the location of Mount Waialeale, one of the rainiest locations in the U.S., and by identifying Kentucky as the state famous for Daniel Boone and home to the first Catholic diocese west of the Appalachians.

Veronica Galban (l), an eighth-grader at St. Mary School in Ridgefield, reached the seventh elimination round to place second, using knowledge ranging from Bridgeport to Egypt to New Guinea. Cooper Swenson (r), a seventh-grader at St. Gregory the Great School in Danbury, placed third, advancing into the sixth elimination round by answering questions about Buenos Aires and the 1880s Berlin Conference. All three won awards from the Knights of Columbus and Immaculate High School.