Russell Street School Hosts Annual Geography Bee

Littleton Public Schools
Dr. Kelly R. Clenchy, Superintendent
33 Shattuck Street,
Littleton, MA 01460

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

Media Contact: Jordan Mayblum
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Russell Street School Hosts Annual Geography Bee

LITTLETON — Principal Scott Bazydlo is pleased to announce that the Russell Street School hosted its annual geography bee last week. 

On Thursday, Jan. 17, students at Russell Street School took part in the National Geographic Bee (GeoBee), which is an annual competition designed to foster students’ curiosity and understanding about the world.

The bee is open to students in grades fourth through eight, and Russell Street School was one of 10,000 schools that participated in this year’s bee. 

Fifth grade student Tyler Branco emerged as the school’s GeoBee champion, with fifth grader Kavya Kolukula and fourth grader Kaden Rowe finishing as the runner-up and second runner-up, respectively.

“The National Geographic Bee is quickly becoming a tradition at Russell Street School,” Bazydlo said. “It is a great opportunity to highlight some of our students and their passion for geography and learning. I’m impressed every year by the knowledge and composure under pressure displayed by our students.

Students participated in preliminary rounds of the GeoBee before winter break, from which 10 finalists emerged to compete for Russell Street’s GeoBee championship. With his win in the school competition, Branco will now complete a qualifying exam that will determine his eligibility for the statewide competition.

The event was coordinated by librarian Starla Hazen and math interventionist Susan Mitchell, while Bazydlo and fifth grade teacher Melissa Maxner served as judges. Fifth graders Ridit Karnati and Connor Orton volunteered as student assistants.