They Know Their Way Around the World

DANBURY—The Knights of Columbus McGivney Council #29 in Danbury held its third annual Catholic Geography Bee March 9 at St. Joseph School in Danbury.

Fifteen fourth through eighth graders from six parochial schools in the northern portion of the Diocese of Bridgeport answered questions about world, the U.S., and Connecticut geography, including Catholic content.

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Sophia Miller, St. Mary School, Ridgefield; Ryein Troiano, St. Peter – Sacred Heart School, Danbury
Wyatt Cicarelli, St. Rose of Lima School, Newtown; Colm Doherty, St. Joseph School, Danbury
Brandon Forlastro, St. Peter – Sacred Heart School, Danbury
Jack Guiry, St. Joseph School, Danbury

Front row: Maggie Swenson, St. Gregory the Great School, Danbury
Zachary Meyerson, St. Gregory the Great School, Danbury
Chris May, St. Mary School, Ridgefield
Nathan Erdtmann, St. Rose of Lima School, Newtown
Colman Tokar, St. Rose of Lima School, Newtown
Robert Yastremski, St. Joseph School, Danbury
Peter Hiltz, St. Jude School, Monroe
and Ally Wrenn, St. Jude School, Monroe

Not shown: Charlie Stuhr, St. Mary School, Ridgefield.

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The top three contestants outlasted all other competitors through seven elimination rounds.

On right is Colm Doherty, 8th grade, St. Joseph School, Danbury, who won by to tracing Connecticut’s coast’s latitude all the way to Nebraska without referring to a map.

On left is Colman Tokar, 5th grade, St. Rose of Lima School, Newtown, who took second place by coming within one of knowing that 26 states are primarily east of the Mississippi River.

Front and center is Charlie Stuhr, 5th grade, St. Mary School, Ridgefield, who advanced through challenges such as knowing that Iceland is Europe’s northwesternmost country, known for eruptions of its Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Colm, Colman, and Charlie are shown receiving their awards from (back l-r) Richard King, Grand Knight, Council #29, and John Pitrelli, Geography Bee Chairman, Council #29.

Thomas Burns, Immaculate High School’s director of admissions, served on the judges panel and provided awards from Immaculate for the top three finishers.