Valley View Geography Bee
Valley View Middle School recently held its annual district championship portion of the National Geographic Bee. All students in grades 6, 7, and 8 took a written qualifying test which determined the 25 finalists who competed on stage in front of an audience of students, teachers, and parents until two finalists, and ultimately a champion, were decided. In third place was eighth grade student, Matthew Philbin, son of Tom Philbin and Janice Philbin, both of Archbald. The first-runner up was eighth grade student, Taylor Boyle, daughter of Dave and Denise Boyle of Peckville. Connor Judge, eighth grade student and son of Tom and Carrie Judge of Archbald, was the winner of the competition. Other top finalists/competitors included Peter Lamandre, Aaron Thompson, Drew Higgins, Michael Sebastianelli, Allie Giombetti, Kate Kraycer, Brien Wedlock, Natalia Stepczak, Brendan Dougher, Jaden Duplessis, Juan Cardenas, Ruth Ann Deliman, Robbie Brudnicki, Brandon McPhillips, Michael Sklareski, David Kuzmick, Jaden Vernon, Daniel Solomon, CJ Paisley, Adam Grundt, Dante Brunori, and Aidan Alco.
Pictured left to right are: Valley View Middle School principal, Craig Sweeney; Bee coordinator and Geography teacher, Gia Shedd;Social Studies teacher , Michael Barrett; 3rd place winner, Matt Philbin;Champion, Connor Judge; 2nd place winner, Taylor Boyle;Social Studies teacher, Norine Legg; Social Studies teacher, Robert Nolan