Know Your Way Around the World

DANBURY — Knights of Columbus McGivney Council #29 in Danbury held its Seventh Annual Regional Catholic Geography Bee on Saturday, March 11, with 28 students in grades 4 through 8 representing 11 Catholic schools in southwestern Connecticut.

(All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk, 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).

Students grappled with 138 questions about world, North American, and regional geography.

William Doran, in Grade 7 at St. Joseph School in Danbury, won the bee in 13 rounds using his knowledge of San Antonio (St. Anthony), Lake Erie, the Gadsden Purchase, Latin America, St. Francis of Assisi, Genoa, and San Marino.

Zachary Meyerson, in Grade 8 at St. Gregory the Great School in Danbury, won the second-place award by applying his knowledge ranging from the Housatonic River to Atlantic City to Baltimore to Canberra to Mongolia to St. Damien in Molokai.

Grace Garvey, in grade 8 at St. Mary School in Bethel, won the third-place award by applying her knowledge ranging from Staten Island to Santa Fe to Mount Denali to Siberia, to Osaka and Kyoto, to Mariana’s Trench. She also determined, without the aid of a map, that 11 U.S. states border Canada.

Each won awards from the Knights and from Immaculate High School, which was represented on the judges panel by Tom Burns, director of admissions, and Nanci Stockmann from the Social Studies faculty.

(l-r) William Doran, Zachary Meyerson, and Grace Garvey.
Photo by Don Ragatz