What large gulf separates Saudi Arabia from Iran?
That is the question that allowed Max Nunez, fifth grade student at Brookwood Elementary, to earn the title of Champion of the fourth Dalton Public Schools Social Studies Bee, held for all elementary students in the district.
Nunez said he knew the Persian Gulf was the answer after thinking about the Persian Gulf War taking place in the area. This critical thinking process allowed him to answer every single question in the competition correctly.
Each elementary school in the district held a competition for fourth and fifth grade students to determine which students to send to the district semi-final competitions on March 23. The semi-final rounds narrowed the elite 48 students down to the twelve finalists who competed in the championship round.
Every elementary school was represented in the final twelve. The finalists were:
Winner Max Nunez, fifth grade, Brookwood Elementary
Runner-Up Bannon Phelan, fifth grade, Brookwood Elementary
Derek Perez, fifth grade, Brookwood Elementary
Thomas Morris, fifth grade, Brookwood Elementary
Max Cowan, fifth grade, Brookwood Elementary
Angel Hernandez, fifth grade, Blue Ridge ElementarySebastian Alvarez, fifth grade, City Park Elementary
Manuel Hurtado, fifth grade, Park Creek Elementary
Elyanna Quintero, fourth grade, Roan School
Francis Cuaresma, fifth grade, Westwood Elementary
Liam Queen, fifth grade, Westwood Elementary
Brilee Brown, fifth grade, Westwood Elementary
The event is in its fourth year. It is sponsored by Advocates of the Dalton Challenge Program, and lunch was donated by Chick-fil-a.