With the words “United Kingdom,” Rye Midland School student Prescott Tuneski won the school’s National Geography Bee competition on Wednesday, Jan. 16 (He answered the question “Bermuda was administered by what country?”). The fifth grader will move on to the Westchester County competition later this year. This is the 25th Anniversary of the Geography Bee.
“I feel good,” Tuneski said after his win. “I like looking at maps and it is my favorite subject,” Tuneski said.
Midland students have been participating in this competition for more than ten years. Preliminary classroom competitions took place this week. The winners of each class, a total of eight, entered the final round on Wednesday.
Tuneski's teacher Greg Moraitis said he is a great kid who does well in geography and knows a lot of the information on his own. Moraitis noted that the geography winner has done quite a bit of traveling in his young life.
“It is exciting o give children this opportunity to be in a competition and to see what they know. It goes beyond what they learn in the classroom and uses their other experiences,” Midland School principal Angela Grille said.
Tuneski’s parents Peter and Leigh proudly took photos with their son and his winning certificate after the competition.
Good luck to Tuneski at the county Geography Bee!
The other seven students who participated in Midland's competition Wednesday were Griffin Snyder, Peter Patouhas, Graham Ross, Stanislaw Pauwels, Kellan Repetto, Griffin Ball and Blake Norton. Congratulations to all for making it to Midland finals.