Global Knowledge at Geography Bee

DANBURY—The Knights of Columbus McGivney Council #29 in Danbury held its Sixth Annual Regional Catholic Geography Bee on March 12, with 26 students in grades 5 through 8 representing ten schools (Our Lady of Fatima in Wilton, St. Mary in Ridgefield, St. Joseph in Danbury, St. Peter in Danbury, St. Gregory the Great in Danbury, St. Mary in Bethel, St. Joseph in Brookfield, St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, and Greenwich Catholic School) grappling with 112 questions about world, North American and regional geography.

Zachary Meyerson, in Grade 7 at St. Gregory the Great School in Danbury, won the bee in a tie-breaker by identifying eight as the number of Canadian provinces and territories that border the United States, after advancing through eight rounds based on his knowledge ranging from Chesapeake Bay to Nevada to Vancouver to Mongolia. Marcel Melendez, in Grade 7 at Greenwich Catholic School, placed second by applying his knowledge ranging from Ohio to Germany to the Mediterranean coast of Africa. Avery Simoneau, in Grade 7 at St. Mary School in Ridgefield, took third place using her knowledge of Boston, Seattle, Haiti and Japan.

The three are shown here with Bee officials Thomas Burns and Nanci Stockmann.
Each won awards from the Knights and from Immaculate High School, which was represented on the judges panel by Thomas Burns, director of admissions (and member of K of C Council #29), and Nanci Stockmann from the Social Studies faculty.

(Thanks to Mike Farkas, the Knights’ photographer for this event, we have 76 pictures from the Bee at, “share site,” album “KOFC McGivney Council 29.”)