Phoenixville resident wins Devon Prep geography bee

Eighth Grader Akul Naik (left) of Phoenixville recently took first place in Devon Prepís Middle School Geography Bee. Eighth Grader William DíAmico of Media (center) took second place and Eighth Grader Thomas Brower of Kimberton took third in this yearís competition. Photo courtesy of Devon Prep

Devon Prep eighth grader Akul Naik of Phoenixville recently won Devon Prep’s Middle School Geography Bee, a challenging test of geographic knowledge conducted by the school’s geography teacher Mr. George Beothy. Eighth Grader William D’Amico of Media took second place and Eighth Grader Thomas Brower of Kimberton took third in this year’s competition.

At Devon Prep the Geography Bee includes sixth, seventh and eighth grade students answering questions of a geographic nature. These questions might include: Which country has the world’s largest Muslim population — Indonesia or Mexico? (Indonesia); What is the term for a part of an ocean or sea that cuts far into the bordering landmass and may contain one or more bays? (gulf); or, To visit the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient ceremonial capital of Persia, you would have to travel to what present-day country? (Iran). If a student answers a question incorrectly he is eliminated. The winning question in Devon Prep’s recent Geography Bee was Where is the Taklamakan Desert located? Naik knew the answer to be China.

As the Geography Bee winner Naik will take the written qualifying test for the state competition. The top 100 students (based on qualifying test scores) will then represent their schools and compete in an oral competition at the state level. In May the state winners will compete in the national finals for scholarships in the amount of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000.

The National Geographic Bee is administered on a not-for-profit basis by the National Geographic Society. The contest, for students in grades four through eight, is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.


Devon Prep is a small, private, Catholic, college preparatory school for young men in grades six through 12 conducted by the Piarist Fathers. The school is located on a 20 acre campus on North Valley Forge Road in Devon, Chester County. Devon Prep will administer a Ninth Grade Practice Entrance Exam for seventh graders on Sunday, April 27 from 8–11 a.m. The school will also host a Spring Open House on Sunday, April 27 from 9–11 a.m. For more information call 610-688-7337 or visit or