Rochambeau News

Posted 03/29/2018 12:44PM

Arthur Duval is the winner of the 2018 National Geographic Bee at Rochambeau, French International School.  Arthur, a 6th grade student, was participating in the GeoBee. On Wednesday morning, January 10, he was the top student among 30 students and became this year’s school champion.  


The 30 students on the Forest Road auditorium stage this year were the top six competitors from each of grades 4 - 8, as determined by grade-level competitions.

The bee was conducted by Coordinator Barbara Ermler and fellow judge and score-keeper Carol Flowers.  An enthusiastic audience consisted of all of the CM1 and CM2 students, their English and French teachers, and many parents. 

After seven preliminary rounds of questions that tested competitors’ knowledge of U.S and world geography, seven students progressed to the Final Round.

The three top winners were presented with gift cards from Barnes and Noble.  The champion, Arthur, also received a medal and a special certificate – both sent by the National Geographic Society.

Arthur completed the online exam sent by the National Geographic Society. He was among the top 100 students in the state this year and will go on to the state level competition on April 6th.

Congratulations to all who participated this year.  We hope to see you back next year! 


Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the GeoBee is a “valuable classroom activity that encourages the teaching and learning of geography,” and aspires to raise children’s interest in geography.  The GeoBee is open to all students in grades four (CM1) through eight (4e).  

This was the Rochambeau’s forteenth GeoBee.  Our thirteen winners so far are:


2005  Etienne Franchi                                    2012  William Noumba-Um

2006  Joseph Sageman                                  2013  Jeremy Feigenbaum

2007  Joseph Sageman                                  2014  Jack Rennie

2008  Theodore Furchtgott                             2015  Jean-Sebastien Gaultier

2009  Theodore Furchtgott                             2016  Charles Mateos y Lago

2010  Theodore Furchtgott                             2017  Karl Abdelnour

2011  Bijan Sadeghi                                      2018 Arthur Duval           

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