Eastchester Middle Schooler Seeks Top Geography Prize

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Students from around the country competing in last year's National Geography Bee, which was held in Eastchester.

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – After earning a perfect score during regional qualifying, Eastchester Middle School student Matt DiMarco will be representing his district at the National History Bee regional finals.

With qualifying behind him, the eighth-grade high honor roll student will now square off against the tri-state area’s best and brightest in April at the Orange Preparatory Academy in New Jersey.

DiMarco, and the top scorers in each of the 37 regions that competed in qualifying, will now participate in several rounds of verbal questioning, with the winners advancing to the national finals, which will be held in Atlanta in June.

The national champion of the middle school division will receive a $5,000 scholarship. For the first time this year, the National History Bee will also host the “great history hunt,” which will give participants a chance to get to know one another while utilizing their mastery of maps to compete for prizes.

Last year was a banner year for Eastchester and Tuckahoe geography students. Josh Newman, now in ninth grade, was a semifinalist in the national event, while eight Eastchester Middle School students qualified for the final round of the local bee, which took place at the school.

The students, who enjoyed a snow day on Wednesday, could not be reached for comment by the Daily Voice.

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