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Newfield Elementary School Fourth-Grader Wins Geography Bee

Fourth-grader Thomas Surette won the Geography Bee at Newfield Elementary School which qualifies him to participate in the state and then national contests.
Fourth-grader Thomas Surette won the Geography Bee at Newfield Elementary School which qualifies him to participate in the state and then national contests. Photo Credit: File photo

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Newfield Elementary School in Stamford announced that fourth-grader Thomas Surette won the school’s competition of the National Geographic Bee.

By winning, Surette has qualified to compete in the first round of the state competition, which brings him closer to the overall prize of a $50,000 college scholarship.

The three Newfield finalists, Logan Chambers, Thomas Surette, and Nicola Andrzejewski answered a number of questions on geography as part of the 28th annual National Geographic Bee. The students were required to answer some questions orally while other answers were written on individual white boards.

“This enrichment opportunity allowed us to embed geography into the daily fabric of the day.” said Principal Lisa Saba Price. “I am very proud of Tommy and all of the students who participated.”

Thousands of schools across the United States, and in five U.S. territories, are participating in the 2016 Bee. The school champions from each participating school will take a test online. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state are eligible to compete in their state Bee, scheduled for April 1.

The National Geographic Society will provide each state winner an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. where they will participate in the national championship rounds in May.

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