Middlesex Middle School 8th grader Michael Borecki, for the third year in a row, came in first place in Middlesex's National Geographic Bee.
Thousands of schools participate nationwide each year in the geography competition which is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The competition is open to fourth through eighth graders and is designed to generate interest in and public awareness of geography.
Michael Borecki's mastery of geographic facts has earned him tremendous success in Geography Bee competitions. This is Borecki's fifth straight year of placing first in his school's geography bee having won Hindley Elementary School's Geography Bee as a fourth and fifth grader and having won Middlesex' Geography Bee every year of his middle school career.
In addition, for the past four years, Borecki has also gone on to place in the Top 10 of the Top 100 at the Connecticut State Geographic Bee.
Advancing his winning streak for the last two years to the state level, Borecki was able to out-smart 100 other students and become the state champion of the 2011 and 2012 Connecticut Geographic Bees, earning him the honor of representing Connectict at the national level in Washington D.C.
His first-place finish once again, this year at MMS now entitles Borecki to again take the 70-question geography test to determine if he advances on to the the CT state level competition.
Pictured here with Barbara Ivey, Darien Schools' Geography Bee Coordinator, are the contestants in Middlesex' championship round geography bee (from left) Jimmy Conroy, Mike Belloli, Aditya Krishnamachar,(3rd place) Colin Shaughnessy, Nick Trager, Michael Borecki (1st place), Tommy Paul,( 2nd place) John Selkowitz, Emma Hinton, Thomas Cortellesi.
This announcement originally was posted Dec. 5. The time stamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch.