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Connor Fleury wins Geographic Bee

posted Feb 6, 2013, 5:29 AM by Jonathan Reed   [ updated Feb 6, 2013, 5:34 AM ]
Moves One Step Closer to $25,000 College Scholarship

SUNAPEE, NH, JANUARY 8, 2013 – Connor, an eighth grade student at Sunapee Middle 
School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 8 and a 
chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered 
oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 25 annual National Geographic Bee. 

This year’s Bee is sponsored by Google (visit www.google.com/educators/geo). 
Other school finalists include: Runner-up Ben van Paassen, third place Ryan Fleury,
Catherine Clayton, Beth Coverdale, Katie Frederick, Isaiah Gorman, Daniel Santti, Ian 
Simmons, and Cade Robinson.

The kickoff for this year’s Bee was the week of November 12, with thousands of schools 
around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners,
including Connor, will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will 
be eligible to compete in their state Bee, April 5, 2013.

The National Geographic Society will provide and all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, 
for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national championship 
rounds May 20 - 22, 2013. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college 
scholarship and a lifetime membership in the Society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, 
courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic (visit www.expeditions.com ).
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals on May 22. The program will 
air on television. Check local listings for dates and times.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the new and exciting GeoBee Challenge, 
an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee, which poses 10 new 
questions a day, or by downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge” app, with 
more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch 
and iPad; from the Android Market; or for Nook Color.

The National Geographic Society is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational 
organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society 
works to inspire people to care about the planet. For more information, visit 

CONTACT: Laura Kessler, SMS Geography Bee Coordinator, 603.763.5615

SMHS Principal Mr. Moynihan with Geographic Bee Champ Connor 

SMHS Principal Mr. Moynihan poses with the top three finishers

2013 Participants in the Annual Geographic Bee