Ten students in Grades Four through Eight participated in DCD’s annual Geography Bee, which was held in the Lowell Center on Thursday, January 9, 2014.

This year’s winner is Holden Corcoran, an Eighth Grader. Fifth Grader Mia D’Angelo was the runner up.

The other participants this year were Parker Collins and Joey Shagoury (Fourth Grade); Noah McFarlane (Fifth Grade); Brady Chitkara and Alfie Rudnick (Sixth Grade); Spencer Beakey and Clare Quinn (Seventh Grade); and Marianna Tsoumbanos (Eighth Grade).

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in Grades Four through Eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.

Holden will now join other winners from around the country in taking a statewide test to determine his eligibility for the national exam to be held at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in the spring. The winner of that contest will receive a $25,000 scholarship.