Stratford School Students Qualify for National Geographic California State Bee

Each year, students in grades four through eight from 10,000 schools across the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee, an annual geography competition that gives students the chance to win college scholarships. This year, three Stratford School students qualified for the 2018 National Geographic California State Bee and will compete against more than 100 students for the state championship Friday, April 6, at California State University, Fresno.

Three middle school students from Stratford Middle School in Sunnyvale, Mission Viejo, and San Francisco qualified to compete at the state level of the National Geographic Bee. A total of 105 students will participate in the statewide competition in the hopes of advancing to the National Geographic Bee’s national championship at the National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C., in May.

“Competing in a well-renowned contest like the National Geographic Bee is an incredible honor, and we are proud of our students for challenging themselves and their geographic knowledge by participating in the National Geographic California State Bee,” said Sherry Adams, Founder of Stratford School. “We strongly encourage our students to pursue their passions with resiliency and grit, both in and out of the classroom. Our students have our full support as they compete at the state level, and we look forward to seeing their continued successes at the competition in April and beyond.”

At the state level of the National Geographic California State Bee, qualifying contestants are divided into groups for the preliminary competition. Students with the top 10 scores will then proceed to the final competition. This portion is comprised of a final round, which will determine which two students will move to the championship round. The winner of the championship round will advance to the national championship.

The National Geographic Society created the National Geographic Bee 30 years ago. The state and national contests are designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography—all of which align with Stratford School’s goal of encouraging students to think critically, communicate effectively and solve complex problems through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education.

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