By Cara Hansen
Marketing and Communications Director
February 13, 2017, West Palm Beach, Florida – Rosarian Academy middle school students recently competed at the school-level in the National Geographic Bee, the National Spelling Bee, and Religion Bee.
Christian Azqueta, a seventh-grade student, won the competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 27 and now has a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.
The bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. Thousands of schools around the United States, the five U.S. territories, and the Department of Defense Dependent Schools around the world, are participating in the 2017 bee.
The school champions, including Christian Azqueta, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee on March 31. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the national championship rounds May 15-17, 2017. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship.
The school-level competition of the 2017 Scripps Spelling Bee was February 1. Sixteen students in fifth through eighth grade participated. After nine rounds, Madison Fabbri (seventh grade) won with the word “scrumptiously.” Hope Diffenderfer (eighth grade) then won runner-up in the tie-breaker round against MJ Hanlon (sixth grade). Hope’s final word was “catastrophic.”
Madison and Hope will represent Rosarian at the Final Regional Southeastern Florida Scripps Spelling Bee on February 22, 2017, at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach.
In celebration of National Catholic Schools Week (January 29-February 4), Rosarian hosted a middle school Religion Bee on February 3. Six teams – each made up of one student from fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades – competed to answer questions related to the Catholic faith and history of the Church. Members of the winning team, the Evangelists, were Marlowe Dunn Flom, eighth grade; Mercedes Cassidy, seventh grade; Katarina Bessenroth, sixth grade; and Brewer Rehm, fifth grade.
Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The independent, Catholic school, located in downtown West Palm Beach, is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. For more information, visit www.rosarian.org or call 561-345-3106.