By John R. Anderson
AMS Principal Joe Gagnon recently announced that grade 7 student Lukas Balestracci is a semifinalist in the Massachusetts State Bee which will be held at The Elms College on Friday, April 1st.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee that is now in its 28th year. School Bees were held in schools with grade 4 through grade 8 students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.
Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic book “The National Parks: An Illustrated History” and a medal, and will journey to Washington, D.C. to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 22-25, 2016. Transportation and accommodations are provided by the Society.
The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The champion will also travel with a parent or guardian, all expenses pair, to Alaska’s coastal wilderness, including Glacier Bay National Park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Good luck Lukas. This is a great honor.