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Purple Lady Prize for Passion and Proficiency in Geography Awarded to Alphonse (Alfie) DeVita BLS ‘20


Over 25 students in grades 9-12 recently competed in the Boston Latin School Geography Bee, held June 6 at BLS.  

Alfie DeVita, a Geo Bee participant last year, came out on top after a spirited hour-long competition and took away the Purple Lady Prize for Passion and Proficiency in Geography. Yanxi Fang, last year’s third place finisher, was the runner up. 

In addition to being a geography / history expert, Alfie is a member of the football and wrestling teams at BLS and participated in the BLS-Bejing Home Stay Exchange Program this past school year.

The Geography Bee provides BLS students with an opportunity to test their knowledge of world geography in a spirited contest with their peers and compete for hundreds of dollars is prizes.  Final round students and semi-finalists received gift cards and Alfie was awarded a check for $118 and the Purple Lady Prize for Passion and Proficiency in Geography.

Geography Bees are becoming a part of the Boston Latin School tradition in Class V and Classes I-IV.  The Class V Geo Bee and the high school Geography Bee were held thanks to the support of Boston Latin School history faculty, alumni and friends through the Boston Latin School Association, notably Stuart Kaplan ’51 and Barbara Meislin.



Posted on June 7, 2018