South Plainfield Girl Wins School’s Geography Bee

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Esther Faus, Middle School Spanish and Prima Lingua teacher, announces the winners of the Geography Bee. Robyn Stewart of South Plainfield finished first, Anuva Goel of Piscataway placed second and Simu Singh of Piscataway took third. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

Esther Faus, Middle School Spanish and Prima Lingua teacher, announces the winners of the Geography Bee. Robyn Stewart of South Plainfield finished first, Anuva Goel of Piscataway placed second and Simu Singh of Piscataway took third. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

EDISON — Robyn Stewart of South Plainfield, a seventh-grader at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, won the school’s first Geography Bee on Jan. 10. Stewart topped a field of eight participants in the contest.

Anuva Goel of Piscataway finished second and Simu Singh of Piscataway placed third. Other participants were Thomas Borner Ducane ’18 of Westfield, Suraj Chandran of Edison, Lauren Kisare of Bridgewater, Noelle Sperrazza of Plainfield and Rishi Yasa of Edison. The contest was run by Esther Faus, Middle School Spanish and Prima Lingua teacher, and Noreen Jafri, Middle School science and math teacher.

The National Geographic Society holds a National Geographic Bee for students in thousands of schools across the United States and around the world. This year, middle school students enrolled in the Geo Bee Club were able to compete for the opportunity to be at the annual National Geographic Bee competition for the first time.

Stewart, the Wardlaw-Hartridge winner, will advance to the next level of the competition, which will be a written examination to determine state competitors. All school winners are eligible to compete at the national championship. First prize is a $25,000 college scholarship. The national competition is on May 22-24, 2012 in Washington, D. C.


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