Stimson National Geography Bee Champ Goes to State Competition

Principal Faye Robins and teacher Mr. Keith Gunsel congratulate Benjamin Nace.
Principal Faye Robins and teacher Mr. Keith Gunsel congratulate Benjamin Nace.

Quick: Which Canadian province produces more than half of the country's manufactured goods? Don’t know? Then try this one: To visit the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient ceremonial capital of Persia, you would have to travel to what present-day country?

If you don’t know the answers to the above questions off the top of your head, don’t feel bad. Not many people do. There is one eight-grader at Stimson Middle School who does, though. His name is Benjamin Nace and he will be heading up to the New York State National Geography Bee in Albany on Friday, April 5 to compete in the 2013 New York State National Geographic Bee. Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.

Ben is a member of Stimson’s National Junior Honor Society, and is a student leader in his classes and a member of the Stimson orchestra. “We are so proud of Ben’s accomplishments.” Said Principal Ms. Faye Robins. “We know that he will represent Stimson well at the state level and wish him the best of luck!”

Principal Robins had high praise for Ben’s teacher Mr. Keith Gunsel. “An active member of the Stimson family, as a teacher, and a coach, Mr. Gunsel demonstrates the highest levels of professionalism, ethical conduct, and integrity.” Said Principal Robins.   “Mr. Gunsel can often be found providing additional support to our students and our programs.  When we needed someone to take the lead on the geography bee, Mr. Gunsel offered to coordinate this on his own time, showing once again that Mr. Gunsel, like many of our teachers, extend themselves to our students and our community on a daily basis.”