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Matthew Townsend Wins Radnor Middle School Geographic Bee

January 16, 2020

Sixth-Grader Matthew Townsend Wins Radnor Middle School Geographic Bee


David Wiedlich, Matthew Townsend, Harry Cheong Ten Radnor Middle School students put their knowledge of the world to the test in front of a packed auditorium during the school's annual Geographic Bee competition on Jan. 10.

The last student standing was 6th-grader Matthew Townsend, who outlasted 8th-grader Harry Cheong through several tie-breaker questions, ultimately claiming the title on a question about Benin. Townsend is the first 6th-grader to win the school's competition since Arnav Jagasia in 2009.

Joining Matthew and Harry as school finalists were Anthony Degregorio, Commerce Fisk, Pearce Foley, Logan French, Amelia Hilbert, Joshua Lei, Florian Strak and Jack Wible. Each competitor had a chance to answer questions, similar to a spelling bee format, and two incorrect answers resulted in elimination.

Matthew, along with all the other school-level champions throughout the state, must now take an online qualifying test by Feb. 7. The 100 highest-scoring students in Pennsylvania will advance to the state bee on March 27. Nationals will take place May 17-21 in Washington, D.C. First prize at nationals includes a $50,000 college scholarship.

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for the competition.

National Geographic will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship in May 2020. Learn more at www.nationalgeographic.org.

Pictured (left to right): RMS principal Dr. David Weidlich, Geographic Bee champion Matthew Townsend and runner-up Harry Cheong.