December 17, 2018 -- In a grueling competition involving 22 middle school students and over 2 hours of questions, ADL 6th grader Ben Lewis defeated 7th grader Joss Peirce to become the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee school champion for Albert D. Lawton School.
Ben will now represent ADL at the Vermont State National Geographic Bee competition to be held in late April 2019 at Castleton State College. The Vermont State winner will represent Vermont at the National Championships in May 2019 in Washington, D.C.
The top 6 finishers in the GeoBee competition have also qualified for the ADL School GeoBee team that will compete in regional competitions in April and May against other Vermont schools. The ADL GeoBee team is the two-time defending state champions in geography skills, having won the Vermont VPA State Championships in both 2017 and 2018.
Making this year's team are ADL students Tekla Holm-Brown, Jonathon Tupaj, Toren Esselstrom, Nirmal Lamichhane, Joss Peirce and Ben Lewis.
The GeoBee team is coached by longtime ADL Humanities teacher Peter Gustafson and is managed by ADL 8th Grader Lexi Lyman.
Caption: Ben Lewis (L) shakes the hand of Joss Peirce (R)
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