November 19, 2010

Stuart-Hobson Team Takes First-Place in Geoplunge Tournament 

More than 30 DCPS schools participate in daylong geography competition at Smithsonian

Contact: Safiya J. Simmons | (202) 724-6689

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WASHINGTON, DC – Stuart-Hobson Middle School teacher Victoria Pearson led her team of Kemoni Spence, Joyce Thomas and Mason Standard on to victory Thursday in the 6th Annual GeoPlunge Tournament, presented by Arent Fox LLP and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

The Stuart-Hobson team unseated J.O. Wilson Elementary School, which had won the past three years. J.O. Wilson came in second place this year. Stuart-Hobson students on this year’s winning team received a trophy as well as savings bonds from TD Bank.

The tournament invites teams of fifth- and sixth-grade students from District schools to participate in the geography card game. The game’s premise is teaching students information about each of the states, including their capitals, locations, birds and flags, and information about their populations, ranks (in size and time entering the union) and their largest cities.

This year, the tournament returned to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where Museum Director Brent D. Glass joined DCPS Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson in recognizing winners with trophies.

Parents, school community members and visitors to the museum were invited to join in the fun and cheered on the students from the beginning of the tournament at 10 a.m. to the end at 3 p.m.

Teams were sponsored by local law firms. This year, 35 teams participated representing 33 DCPS elementary and middle school and more than 200 students.

For more information about the game, visit www.geoplunge.com.

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