Geography excellence in West Hempstead


For the third year in a row, West Hempstead Middle School eighth-grader Mouhammad Seck won the school’s geography bee on Jan. 23.

This last achievement follows up Mouhammad’s sixth-place finish at the state competition in Albany last year. He hopes to advance to the state level once more by scoring within the top 100 during the next round’s online written test for the 31st annual National Geographic Bee. The state winners will advance to the national championship rounds in Washington, D.C., to be eligible for a $50,000 college scholarship.

Before the middle school’s final competition, every social studies class held its own bee to determine 10 finalists to take part in the building level contest. Mouhammad was victorious for the third time while fellow eighth-grader Aiden Sargent earned runner-up.

District officials congratulated Mouhammad and wished him the best of luck in future rounds.

Compiled by Nakeem Grant