Main Dunstable is the place to ‘Bee’

Courtesy photo School Bee winner Yash Patel and his brother, Tej Patel, with principal Mrs Kelley Paradis and National Geo organizer and teacher Mrs. Barbetta.

Fourth-grader Yash Patel wins school geography bee

NASHUA – Yash Patel, a fourth grade student at Main Dunstable Elementry School, won the school-level championship competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 9 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee.

“It brings tears in the eyes,” said the principal Mrs. Kelley Paradis. “All of our participants showed good sportsmanship during the competition and displayed their geography prowess in the Bee which ended in a head-to-head tie-breaker round with two brothers competing with each other till the end.”

The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight from 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2018 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.

Thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the Bee. The school champion will take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee March 31, 2018.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 15-17, 2018. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. They fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate, and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.national

Tej Patel out-spells classmates

Fifth grader Tej Patel won the School Spelling Bee held on Jan. 18 at Main Dunstable Elementary School. Congratulations to all the finalists and the winner. What an amazing job! First time in the history of this competition at Main Dunstable School it went beyond the expectations with several tie-breaker rounds. Tej Patel will proceed to the 2018 New Hampshire State Spelling Bee Competition.

Nearly 200 of the state’s top spellers will compete in the 2018 Union Leader State Spelling Bee. The New Hampshire Union Leader is pleased to present the preliminary competition for the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

The public is encouraged to attend this free event beginning at 1 p.m. The student to emerge as the top speller will represent the Granite State at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C.

About the Spelling Bee program: A preliminary to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the Spelling Bee program is open to all schools (public, private and parochial) and home-school groups in New Hampshire. For more information on joining the 2018 local program, contact Community Relations Manager Shannon Sullivan at 603-206-7833 or use this form CONTACT.

For more information on the 2018 program and to register, visit: