Friday, January 17, 2014

Bethune K-8 Geographic Bee champion crowned

Congratulations to Bethune K-8's 2013-14 National Beographic Bee Champion, eighth grader Apriljoy Payumo.

Apriljoy Payumo Apriljoy first tried out for the GeoBee in fourth grade, qualified as a top-ten finalist in seventh grade, and is now the school champion, showing that perserverance pays off.

"Our school champion and finalists will be recognized at an awards assembly later this year," said Tommy Flanagan, Bethune history-social sciences teacher. "Best of luck to Apriljoy who will now try to qualify as one of the top 100 California 4th-8th graders for the state finals that will be held in Sacramento this coming April."

The school's top ten finalists this year were: Apriljoy Payumo, school champion; Joseph Langindin, second place; Sierra Serrano; Brianna Arroyo; Mia McCarthy; Marcial Mamangun; Joshua Geronilla; Demaree Eastern-Flora; Robert Wilpitz; Dejon Miller-Blaine; Eria Sarne, alternate.

It is never too early to get ready for next year's GeoBee. Check out and maybe you will be next year's champion.

Located in the residential community of Paradise Hills, Mary McLeod Bethune K-8 School serves 725 students from kindergarten through middle school. The school facility is clean, orderly, safe, and provides a climate that sets high expectations for students both in academic performance and behavior. Students who attend Bethune are provided with a comprehensive curriculum with an emphasis on reading, writing, science, mathematics, and social studies. In addition, the school offers music and technology programs that enrich the education of interested students.