Carsen Bartow wins Geography Bee for third time

Carsen Bartow wins Geography Bee for third time
Posted on 12/07/2017

Students competed in the National Geographic Geography Bee on Thursday, December 6, 2017.

The competitors were the winners of each classroom grades 4 through 8. They were: Carsen Bartow (7th grade), Clayton Bates (7th grade), Evan Burke (4th grade), Martin DePaul (5th grade), Jacob Durkee (6th grade), Parker Frost (8th grade), Ethan Gonzales (4th grade), Alexander Kemnah (5th grade), Ethan Mattison (8th grade), and Jonathan Pratt (6th grade)

The alternates were the second place winner in each classroom. They were Madison Eldred (6th grade), Delilah Espinoza (4thh grade), Cody Mallon (7th grade), Connor Quist (5th grade), Benjamin Randles (6th grade), Brianne Reid (5th grade), and Wyatt Tranka (4th grade).

Principal Wood welcomed the audience comprised of fellow students and family members. Mrs. Leslie Balcom, served as the moderator and explained the rules. After two missed questions the competitors would be excused from the stage and fifteen seconds was allotted for each question. The time was kept by Mrs. Jamie Morency. In the first round, students were each asked a different question that they answered orally, and other times the entire group was asked the same question and they wrote down their answers and displayed them simultaneously. Judges Mrs. Cathy Catalfamo and Mrs. Peggy Seese kept score, with Mrs. Balcom thanking and politely excusing competitors after two misses.

Eight students were eliminated after five rounds, leaving Carsen Bartow and Alexander Kemnah to go head-to-head in the championship round.
Both competitors were asked to write down their answers to the same three questions for a best of three. Both answered the same number of questions correctly. They moved to a tie-breaker round using the same format which Carsen Bartow emerged as the champion. Carsen now has the opportunity to take an online test to qualify for the State competition. This was Carsen’s third win in the past four years.


Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. All school winners are eligible for win the national championship and the first prize $50,000 college scholarship at the National competition May 20-23, 2018 in Washington, D.C. 

Argyle Central School District has the honor of sending two students to the State Competition; Sean McKernon in the 2010-11 school year and Robert McWhorter in the 2004-05 school year.