BALLSTON SPA— Over 700 Ballston Spa Middle School students participated in the first stage of the National Geographic Bee in their social studies classes during December in preparation for the school wide geography competition.
In early January, over 50 students competed in the next stage of the Geography Bee, including sixth graders Coleman Brandl, Jacob Nagengast and Charlotte Tan; seventh grader Maddie Burns; and eighth graders Andrew Paster and Timothy Winslow.
After answering a series of tie breaker questions, Timothy Winslow earned the top spot as the school’s Geography Bee Champion of 2018. As winner of the Ballston Spa Middle School Geography Bee, Timothy advances to the next level of competition, a written examination to determine state competitors. An examination score in the top 100 will qualify him for the state level competition which will be held in April in Albany, N.Y.
All state champions will advance to the national championship and compete for the first prize, a $25,000 college scholarship, at the national competition in May in Washington, D.C.