Babacar Seck, a fifth-grader at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School proved his mettle as a geography buff when he was named the winner of the school’s geography bee on Feb. 1. He shares the title of school champion with his brother, Mouhammad Seck, a sixth-grader at West Hempstead Middle School.
After winning their individual classroom bees, Cornwell Avenue’s 12 finalists went head-to-head in a competition officiated by fifth-grade teacher Desiree Karroll. Gathered in the cafeteria, they answered questions covering multiple facets of U.S. and world geography.
Babacar will join students from across the country in taking an online written test as part of the next round of the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. The top 100 scorers in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee. The state winners will advance to the national championship in Washington, D.C., where they will have the chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship.
The district wishes both Babacar and Mouhammad much success as they continue in the competition.