Where in the World?

Angkor Wat, built as a tribute to Hinduism, is located in which Southeast Asian country where Buddhism now predominates?

This is the sort of question that middle schoolers were faced with while competing in the National Geographic Bee in January. (If you answered Cambodia, you'd be competition-ready!) 

The bee is sponsored annually by the National Geographic Society. Thousands of schools compete in the competition each year, and it is designed to excite and motivate students to learn about the world. The entire RCDS Middle School participated through the students' social studies classes, with five students per grade advancing in the competition. From there, we narrowed the field to a finalist in the fifth and sixth grades, and another from the seventh and eighth grades. Fifth grader Kyle Sisitsky and eighth grader Lior Gurion were our two school finalists. In the school championship round, Kyle scored a perfect three of three and was crowned our school champion.

Kyle has now taken a qualifying test, and, should he have one of the 100 highest scores in New York State, he will be invited to participate in the state bee, to be held in Albany on April 6. 

Congratulations to the finalists and the rest of the Middle School for competing so well in another year's competition.  Best of luck to Kyle in qualifying for the NY State Bee!