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Cortland Hosts GeoBee

Students from Cortland Enlarged City Schools participated in the school-level competition of the National Geographic GeoBee on January 24th. Christian VanPatten, a 5th grade student from Parker Elementary, won first place, with Mya Romans, a 7th grade student, winning second place and Tara Knickerbocker, a 7th grade student, finishing in third place.

The school-level competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world they inhabit. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, history, zoology, and earth science.

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, 120 million students have learned about the world through participation in the GeoBee.

School champions, including Christian VanPatten, 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 GeoBee’s receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the GeoBee national championship, competing for cash prizes, scholarships, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Endeavour II. Learn more at



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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Cortland, NY 13045

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