UNH team takes second in regional GeoBowl

Friday, October 25, 2019
students posing with trophy

UNH GeoBowl team: Ryan Saputo ’22, Seamus Quinn ’22, Abbey Coe ’22, Michael Harris ’22, Ben Montgomery ’22 (kneeling), Seth Chevalier ’23 and Stephen Geis ’20

A UNH student geography team has won second place in a Geography Bowl contest at the annual conference of the New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (NESTVAL), a regional division of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). This year’s conference was held at Framingham State University in Massachusetts.

The UNH team won the GeoBowl in both 2017 and 2018 but was beat out this year by Salem State.

UNH team members were geography majors Seth Chevalier ’23, Abbey Coe ’22, Stephen Geis ’20 and Michael Harris ’22; COLA undeclared student Ben Montgomery ’22; history major Ryan Saputo ’22; and civil engineering major Seamus Quinn ’22. Jennifer Brewer, associate professor of geography, was the organizer.

The highest scoring students from all teams are invited to join a NESTVAL team to compete against the other AAG regions at the national conference in the spring. Harris qualified for the second year in a row and has been invited to the World Geography Bowl in Denver, Colo.

The Geography Bowl is a geography trivia competition for students, which starts with a round-robin tournament culminating in a head-to-head match between the final two teams. UNH students have taken part in this competition for 12 years, placing second three times, and winning twice.