Ben Muhlmann of Longmeadow won the Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) 2011 National Geography Bee. The event was held last month and class winners from grades four through eight competed in front of parents, classmates, teachers and administrators. “I really enjoyed participating in my school’s Geography Bee”, commented Ben Muhlmann after earning the top title at LYA. “I was nervous and I am glad it is over.”
The kickoff for the bee began in December as LYA joined thousands of schools around the U.S. participating in class Geography Bees. The winner of LYA’s Geography Bee will advance to the next level of competition, a written examination. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship
and its first prize, a $25,000 college scholarship, at the national competition in May in Washington, D.C. “LYA is very proud of all the students who participated in the Geography Bee,” said Amanda Toll coordinator and Middle School Social Studies teacher.
“By participating in the National Geography Bee, LYA not only provides students with an opportunity to grow in their education, but helps them become aware of the world around them.”
Muhlmann went on to complete a written test that was prepared by National Geographics. The results of the test will indicate if he is eligible for the state finals. The National Geographic Society will provide an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher escorts to participate in the National Geographical Bee National championship in May. The first place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the society.