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Massapequa Observer - Schools

Berner Kids Go Global In Bee

If you ask Alfred G. Berner Middle School eighth-grader Liam Higgins where Yakutsk is, chances are he’ll know the answer: a remote corner of Siberia and one of the coldest places on Earth.

Liam was crowned the winner in the school-wide round of the National Geographic Geography Bee, allowing him the opportunity to qualify for the state level and advance to the national level.  

Eighth-grader Stephen Roach was the runner up. Twelve other students competed including, eighth-graders Kevin Voigt, James Oates, Deborah Labaccaro, Thomas Beck and Aiden Dooher; and seventh-graders Andrew O’Brien, Derek Haag, Brendan Castonguay, Tiffany Wong, Christopher Muscarnera, Samantha Carroll and Robert Hoffman.

All seventh- and eighth-grade students took a qualifying assessment to determine a winner for each team. These winners then participated in the school bee held in an oral and written format where students answered questions in rounds.

“The bee is a great forum for students to hone their skills, build confidence and strengthen their interest in geography,” said social studies teacher Laura Siegel. “Congratulations to Liam and to all who challenged themselves by participating in this event.”

Siegel, along with social studies department assistant Danielle Kennedy, moderated the competition. Social studies teacher Josee Charvet judged the event.