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Geo Bee champion crowned

Ti Middle School hosts contest

The Ticonderoga Middle School recently held its 2012 Geography Bee. Finalists included, from left, Samuel Shelmidine, third place, Mackenzie Strum, champion, and Emily Powers, second place.

The Ticonderoga Middle School recently held its 2012 Geography Bee. Finalists included, from left, Samuel Shelmidine, third place, Mackenzie Strum, champion, and Emily Powers, second place.

— The Ticonderoga Middle School recently held its 2012 Geography Bee. Ten contestants representing grades 6-8 participated in the local bee.

Those participating were Matthew Montbriand, Jarod Pike, Emily Powers, Mykenzie Rich, Sam Shelmidine, Mackenzie Strum, Nate Swinton, Riley Thomas, Zach Whitford and Abby Young.

Superintendent of Schools John McDonald moderated the bee. Retired social studies teacher Bill Barnhart presided as the judge. The timekeeper was Fort Ticonderoga Director of Education Rich Strum.

The contestants were asked individual questions and were eliminated after incorrectly answers. The bee lasted several rounds before only two finalists remained for the championship round.

The championship round pitted Emily Powers against Mackenzie Strum. Both students were asked the same three questions and the student with the most correct answers was declared the winner. At the end of three questions, eighth grader Mackenzie Strum became the winner of the 2012 Geography Bee. Second place went to Emily Powers, third place to Sam Shelmidine.

Strum will now take a written exam in hopes of being selected to compete at the New York State Geography Bee contest in Albany on March 30. One hundred students from across New York State will be selected and the winner of the state bee will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the 24th annual National Bee in Washington, D.C., on May 22. The first place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip the to Galapagos Islands.

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