The Fayette Citizen-News Page

Wednesday, February 4, 2004

School winners announced in National Geographic Bee

Japan is most similar in area to which U.S. state? Fayette’s National Geographic Bee school-level winners would know that the answer is Montana.

During the months of November through January, all students in grades four through eight participated in the first phase of the National Geographic Bee. Students took tests in their classrooms to determine who would be represented in the school-level bee. Contestants answered a number of questions on different topics prepared by the National Geographic Society. These included questions about U.S. geography, U.S. cities, the continents, world geography, physical geography and more.

School winners are Patrick Anderson (fifth grade, Braelinn Elementary); Nikki Chadwick (fifth grade, Brooks Elementary); Lauren Killingsworth (fourth grade, Robert J. Burch Elementary); Tristin Thompson (fifth grade, Cleveland Elementary); Katy Whitehurst (fifth grade, Crabapple Lane Elementary); Leon Swanson (fifth grade, East Fayette Elementary); Aaron Medlen (fourth grade, Fayetteville Intermediate); Andy Lucak (fifth grade, Huddleston Elementary); Catherine Chapman (fifth grade, Kedron Elementary); Rachel Barnes (fifth grade, North Fayette Elementary); Jake Hancock (fifth grade, Oak Grove Elementary); Jordan Dadez (fourth grade, Peachtree City Elementary); Ashley LaTour (fifth grade, Peeples Elementary); Jackson Brumbeloe (fourth grade, Sara Harp Minter Elementary); Ethan Seckinger (fifth grade, Spring Hill Elementary); Trey Callahan (fifth grade, Tyrone Elementary); Stephanie Goehring (sixth grade, J.C. Booth Middle); Wesley Satterwhite (sixth grade, Fayette Middle); Will Kearney (seventh grade, Flat Rock Middle); John Leon (seventh grade, Rising Starr Middle); and Olivia Steffan (seventh grade, Whitewater Middle).

These students will take a written test to determine eligibility to participate in the state-level bee in April. Only the top 100 scoring students in Georgia will be invited to participate where they will vie for a chance to advance to the national competition in May in Washington, D.C. and compete for a grand prize $25,000 scholarship.

The National Geographic Bee is a nationwide contest designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject and increase public awareness about geography.

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