Jake Visone, GeoBee first place winner, receives congratulations from Kevin Donahue, St. Benedict School principal. Courtesy photo
Jake Visone, GeoBee first place winner, receives congratulations from Kevin Donahue, St. Benedict School principal. Courtesy photo
It was honors all around for the 216 students from St. Benedict School, Holmdel, who participated in the school’s recent National Geographic GeoBee competition.  Seventh-graders Jake Visone won first place, Ashley Cook earned second place, and Abigail Cangelosi finished in third.

Under the leadership of Pat Tuttle, fifth grade math and social studies teacher, the GeoBee has been run for 5 years at the St. Benedict School. The school competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover geography as well as ancient and world civilizations, cultures and physical features.

The National Geographic Society developed the GeoBee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over more than three decades, more than 120 million students have learned about the world through participation in the GeoBee. School champions, including Jake Visone, will take an online qualifying test; up to 100 of the top test scorers in each state then become eligible to compete in their State GeoBee. The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to participate in the GeoBee national championship in Spring 2020. Students will be competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. In addition to the GeoBee, National Geographic also offers classroom resources, student experiences and professional development opportunities for educators. 

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate the wonder of the world, define critical challenges and catalyze action to protect the planet. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 14,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings, and engaging audiences around the globe.