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Clarke MS Competes In Natgeo Geobee

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Students from W.T. Clarke Middle School competed in National Geographic’s GeoBee on Jan. 13. Seventh grader Shelby Tell took first place in the schoolwide contest, while eighth grader Nick Johnson captured second. 

Students qualified for the school’s competition by winning their individual social studies classes’ GeoBees. The geography competition is designed to inspire students to learn more about the world. Questions cover geography, ancient and world civilizations, and cultures.

Shelby will now take an online qualifying test in hopes of moving on to the state level of the competition, where students will compete to participate in the national championship. National awards include cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II.

The district congratulates Shelby on her achievement and all students who participated. To learn more about the National Geographic Society and the GeoBee, visit 

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1) W.T. Clarke Middle School students Nick Johnson and Shelby Tell were the top two competitors in their school’s National Geographic GeoBee on Jan. 13. 

Photo courtesy of the East Meadow Union Free School District 

W.T. Clarke MS Students Named Winners In Young Poets Contest

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Three eighth graders from W.T. Clarke Middle School in the East Meadow School District were among 12 students named winners of the Young Poets Contest. Abigail Feinstein, Arpita Raisah and Lina Resende will have their poems displayed on-site at the New York Botanical Garden and on the NYBG website.

Sponsored by the Poetry Society of America and the NYBG, the contest invited students to submit poems inspired by the winter and holiday season. Judges from the NYBG and the Poetry Society of America selected the semifinalists. From there, renowned New York poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins narrowed the selection to 12 winners. 

The three East Meadow students shared their work at a reading at the NYBG on Dec. 15 for their families and the public. The district congratulates them on this impressive achievement. 

East Meadow celebrates 164 selected for All-County ensembles

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An impressive 164 students in grades 5-12 at the East Meadow School District have been chosen to participate in the Nassau Music Educators Association’s All-County ensembles. Several concerts are planned throughout January to showcase the student-musicians. 

All-County selection represents one of the highest achievements in music for students. Performers are chosen based on their scores at the New York State School Music Association Solo Evaluation Festival and teacher recommendations. 

In addition to their All-County accomplishment, seven middle school and 12 high school students were also selected to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association’s Nassau Intermediate and Secondary festivals. 

“We are extremely proud of the students who have been accepted to represent the East Meadow School District in these prestigious music festivals,” said Kelly Gelfer, the district’s director of art and music. “They are representative of the exceptional music education taking place in East Meadow.”