ANDOVER, NJ - Students from Andover Regional School District’s Long Pond School recently participated in the school competition of the National Geographic GeoBee. Seventh grade student Marco Concha won first place.

Christian Bianchi, an eighth grade student, took second place and eighth grade student Roman Concha, finished in third place. 

The school competition is the first round in the National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. After preliminary rounds in which all of the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students participated, the top ten students were chosen.

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This is not the end of the road for Concha  According to Jenn Reynolds, Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Concha will represent Andover’s Long Pond School in an online test for the next round.  The top 100 scorers from the online test for each state will then move to the national championship.

Questions cover not only geography, but also ancient and world civilizations, culture, and physical features.

Social Studies teachers served as judges for the Long Pond School competition.  Reynolds served as the judge for the second and third rounds. 

Should Concha qualify for the next round, he will get an all-expense paid trip to participate in the GeoBee national championship in the spring of this year.  At that level, students compete for cash prizes, scholarships and an all expense paid Linblad expedition to the Galápagos Island aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II. 

In addition to the GeoBee, National Geographic also offers classroom resources, student experiences and professional development opportunities for educators.