On Friday, January 12, twenty 6th through 9th Grader students participated in the first round of the National Geographic Society’s Geography Bee. All 6th – 9th Graders took a qualifying test in November to select the 20 contestants. Eighth Grader, Carter Levine, won the competition. Seventh Grader Jonathan Schram placed second and Eighth Grader John Michael Schumacher placed third.
Carter will now complete an online assessment with the National Geographic Society in an attempt to qualify for the Florida State Geography Bee. Each state and the District of Columbia will be represented by one student in the National Geography Bee held this May in Washington, D.C. The winner of the National Geography Bee will earn a scholarship worth $50,000.
Students who qualified and participated in the first round include 6th Graders, Bertie Azqueta, and Marin Cvelbar; 7th Graders Rafe Cochran, Tatiana Georgas, Mimi Gochman, Jackson Moross, Colin Nicoletti, Jonathan Schram, Christina Taylor, and Jay Wexler; and 8th Graders Ryan Burt, Thomas Ferro, Sofia Halpern, Carter Levine, Charlie Lorentzen, Madison Oatley, Amelia Pottash, Max Sandstrom, John Michael Schumacher, JT Tague, and Peyvie Wexler.