George Ramirez, an eighth grader at Hampton Bays Middle School took first place this week during the National Geographic Geography Bee qualifying round at Hampton Bays Middle School.
He was among ten students to participate and now qualifies to compete on the state level — 100 New York students will get to participate in that round in April, based on written test scores. A National round will then commence in May with scholarships between $10,000 and $15,000 awarded to top spelling champs.
During the Hampton Bays competition, which is designed to encourage the teaching and studying of geography, Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi served as a judge.
Eight grader Riley McNamara was the runner-up.
Last year, Even Kelly, an eight grade student at the time, qualified for the state level. He finished in the top 20 percent, according to Richard Doulous, 7th grade social studies teacher, who coordinates the Geography Bee for the Hampton Bays School District.
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