Fifth-grader John Bitar won The Langley School’s 2020 Geography Bee on January 23 in the first round of a nationwide geography competition hosted by the National Geographic Society. With its focus on global places and cultures, the Geography Bee aligns with The Langley School’s mission to develop students who are inquisitive citizens of the world.
Ten Langley students in grades 4-8 were chosen to participate in the school’s Bee based on their scores on a qualifying test. During the competition, contestants answered a series of oral and written questions about both national and world geography, cultures, and civilizations.
As Langley’s winner, John will take a qualifying test to determine state competitors. Up to 100 of the top scorers on this written exam from each state will then face each other in their statewide Geography Bee this spring. State winners will eventually participate in the national championship in Washington, DC, where they will compete for cash prizes, scholarships, and an all-expenses-paid expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II.