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January 23, 2014

Gilbert H. Hood Middle School on top of world

Seventh-grader wins Hood geography bee

DERRY — Students at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School are on top of the world these days.

The school hosted its annual geography bee on Jan. 15, giving a panel of students a chance to test their knowledge of the globe and locations around the world.

A panel of 10 students made up the finalists.

The event pits top students against each other in a final round of worldly questions. The winner goes on to compete at the state level.

Hood social studies teacher Russell Hamilton took on emcee duties and asked the questions.

He said students made the final cut after preliminary contests were held in classrooms.

After four rounds, the final answer and big win went to seventh-grader Josh Fellows. Ken Caddy, an eighth-grader, took second place honors.

For Fellows, it was an easy win. He had a perfect score all through the competition and said he didn’t study much to prepare.

Bee advisor Diana Lang said Fellows is an excellent student and said the 12-year-old will now have to prepare for a written geography test as part of the next level of competition.

Thousands of schools across the nation compete in the National Geographic Bee, naming top students who can go on to win prizes like college scholarship money.

Other Derry schools plan to host their own geography bees, with top students then eligible to go on to the state final in March.

State winners then compete in May in the national bee in Washington, D.C., in the hopes of winning scholarship money.

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