By Lenny Dale, Geography Bee Director and Emerson Athletic Director
Kids in grades 4 through 8 participated in the Emerson Geography Bee Tuesday afternoon. One of the stronger and more balanced field in memory was reduced to nine finalists, all middle school students. Diego Del Rio finished 5th, and then Maya Mustata and Julian Toogood battled through a lengthy tie-breaker to determine the 3rd place finisher, with May edging out Julian. Shailen Chugh and Robert Yang were the two who made it into the Championship Round, and Robert got the better of Shailen by one slim point to claim the championship. All the contestants earned my eternal admiration, but Robert gets the extra-special bonus of taking a test to try to qualify for the State Geography Bee. Way far cool!