South Orangetown Central School District

Congratulations to the winners of South Orangetown Middle School’s annual National Geographic School GeoBee: sixth-grader Nuala M. (1st Place), eighth-grader Hunter L. (2nd Place) and seventh-grader Oisin B. (3rd Place)!

The much-anticipated, school-wide event is part of the National Geographic GeoBee, an annual competition designed to inspire students’ curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight from across the United States are competing in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee. Participants have the opportunity to win college scholarships and become the National Geographic GeoBee Champ.

The GeoBee requires students to draw on their geographic knowledge and reasoning. “It is a challenging and exciting way to incorporate the world into our studies,” says SOMS Social Studies Team Leader Ron Scherer, who notes that SOMS has hosted a School GeoBee for as long as he can remember. “It fully relates to the social studies practices laid out in the New York State Social Studies Framework.”

Each School GeoBee winner takes an online test in January to qualify for the State GeoBee in Albany on March 29. State GeoBee qualifiers are announced on March 4. Good luck, Nuala!

Interested in testing your GeoBee knowledge? Check out the quiz at

SOMS NatGeo Bee winners with school counselors, facutly and administrators