River Forest sixth grade student Terry Sullivan won Roosevelt Middle School's National Geographic Geography Bee on January 17, earning him the opportunity to take a test that may lead to one of only 100 places in the state-level competition on April 5.
Ten finalists representing all Roosevelt grade levels (5-8) competed before an audience of parents and fellow students in a challenging question and answer elimination session that lasted 11 rounds. The other finalists were Mary (Katie) Cahill, Ryan Meadows, Nicholas Rosenbaum, Jacob Friedmann, Megan O'Malley, Will Roche, Allison Libbe, Graham Hardwicke and Kate Schumaker. Sullivan and seventh grade student Jacob Friedmann went head-to-head in a tie for several rounds before Sullivan answered a question that Friedmann missed.
Thousands of schools nationwide 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.