Ben-Naim Wins LAMS Geographic Bee

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By Special to the Monitor

Daniel Ben-Naim, an eighth grade student at Los Alamos Middle School won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 12.
The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 23rd annual National Geographic Bee. Google sponsored this year’s Bee.
Ben-Naim and Ryan Harbert, also an eighth grade student, went head-to-head in the championship round.  
Ben-Naim edged out Harbert by naming Kilimanjaro as Africa’s highest peak that is part of a national park in Tanzania.
All finalists received National Geographic Society awards and gift certificates from Daniel’s Café.
Ben-Naim and other school champions will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers will be eligible to compete in the state bee April 1.  
The NGS will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national championship rounds on May 24 and 25.  
The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.  
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals on
May 25.  
LAMS social studies’ teachers Pete Bowman and Ellie Springfield sponsored the LAMS National Geographic Bee.