“To walk in Lisbon’s Alfama district and to stay at a beach resort in Algrave, you would travel to what country?” This was one question asked during the 2017 National Geographic Bee held at the Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) on Jan. 31. (BTW, the correct answer is Portugal.)
The winner was sixth grade student, Aiden Brackman.
This year’s geography bee at LYA began in December. Ten students from 4th-8th grades qualified to enter the bee; after two rounds, eight students were eliminated. With the final question, Aiden was declared the winner, and Efrayim Gesin, a 7th grade student, the runner-up. Aiden then took a written test to see if he qualifies to compete at the state finals in March. State winners advance to the national championship in Washington, D.C., and a chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship.
CAP: From left, LYA social studies teacher Rosaleen Lewis; second place winner Efrayim Gesin; first place winner Aiden Brackman; and third place winner Mendel Gottlieb.