Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.  Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) is host for the local National Geographic Bee for CELC students and all Connecticut homeschoolers in grades 4 – 8.

Friday, 16 January 2014 twelve students took their places on the stage of the auditorium of the Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford, Connecticut.  All these students had been working to prepare for the day’s event – The National Geographic Geography Bee!

After the seven-question preliminary round to determine which five would advance, there was a tie for the fifth semi-finalist and third-place winner.  The tie-breaking round commenced, followed by a final championship round, which ultimately determined our local 2014 Bee champion!  2014 Geography Bee WinnerConnecticut Experiential Learning Center student Coleman Riegle of Madison is this year’s winner.  Cole now will take a written exam that could qualify him for the state competition, which will be held in April at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. The National competition follows thereafter in May in Washington, D.C.

Students were all very pleased and proud to have been a part of this Geography Bee, now a CELC tradition, and are already preparing for the 2015 Bee!