Nicholas Sobota Wins MMS Geography Bee

Michael Ranking, Nicolas Sobota and Josh Layton

Thursday, January 20 Milford Middle School (MMS) held its annual Geography Bee in the school’s auditorium.  All sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes participated in the event.  The bee was judged by Milford’s own Margaret Legates who is now part of Delaware Geographic Alliance at the University of Delaware. 

All of the contestants qualified for the MM S Bee by superior scores on the MMS Qualifying Test which was taken in their social studies class. Nicholas Sobota, an eighth grader, placed first in the competition and will represent MMS at the state level on April 1, 2011. Josh Layton and Michael Rankin placed second and third respectively.

Delaware’s winner will advance to the national level of competition which is scheduled for May 24 and 25, 2011. The final competition will be hosted by Alex Trebec and aired on television.

 MMS Bee Coordinator Matthew Bailey stated that he was “pleased with the night’s events and encouraged by the student’s enthusiasm.” Contestants of the Bee included Abigail Roxy, Bonard Geyer, Chris Yonek, Clay Stevenson, Dale Schiferl, Daphne Leighty, Elexus Wall, Jaden McGove, Josh Layton, Michael Rankin, Nathan Wells Nicholas Sobota and Silas Wheedleton.