EDISON, NJ - Dr. Corinna Crafton, Middle School Head at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, announced the winners of the National Geography Bee contest on Jan. 20. The National Geographic Society sponsors the annual Geography Bee each year, which begins with school-level competition.
 
The Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School conducted its school rounds last week and this week, with the top three students receiving recognition from the National Geographic Society. Siddharth Iyer of Plainfield and Phoebe Kaplan of Scotch Plains took second and third place, respectively, and received a Certificate of Achievement from the NGS. Shourya Chhabra of Roselle Park took first place and is the W+H school winner this year. 
 
Shourya will be taking a proctored online qualifying test along with all other school-level winners from New Jersey. The top 100-ranked students from New Jersey move on to the State GeoBee competition later this year. State winners then compete at the national competition.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.