Eighth Grader Julia Nees Wins Litchfield Middle School Geography Bee

January 20, 2017


Kathleen A. Sidilau, Litchfield Middle School

Julia Nees, an eighth grade student at Litchfield Middle School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Friday, Jan. 13, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.  Sixth grader Parker Berube came in second place, finalizing his spot in the championship round early on before a long battle between Julia and seventh grader Alexandra Shapiro.  The school-level bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the school’s 28th annual National Geographic Bee.

The following students participated in the school bee for the fifth grade:  Anastasia Brown, Alexandra Columbus, and Katelyn Otis.  The sixth grade participants were Parker Berube, Gabrielle Kim Levesque, and Kailey Powers.  The seventh graders were Anthony Holder, Keegan Reynolds, and Alexandra Shapiro.  The other eighth grade contestants were Liz Breton and Lyndsey Brown.  These students were up on stage in front of the 5th and 6th grade students as well as parents and friends.  They all should be extremely proud of their accomplishments.

Julia has taken a written test that has been sent off to the National Geographic Society to be scored.  The top 100 students from New Hampshire will participate in the State Bee at Keene State College on March 31.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D. C., for state winners to participate in the national championship rounds May 15-17.  The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a National Geographic Expeditions trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

The national finals will air on television on May 19 at 8 p.m. EST on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, and later on public television stations.

The staff and students of Litchfield Middle School congratulate all the participants and wish Julia luck with the next step of the process.