Fifth grader wins state Geographic Bee
And a chance to win the national title in Washington D.C.
The competition was stiff and the geographic knowledge abounded at the Alaska Geographic Bee Friday, April 1 in Anchorage. The first place winner was Andrew Hull, a fifth grader at Rogers Park Elementary School in Anchorage. He will represent the state at the national bee in Washington, D.C., May 24-25.
Second place was Justin Collacutt of Gruening Middle School in Eagle River. Third was Trevor Schoening of Blatchley Middle School in Sitka.
There were 100 students vying for the title of state champion."It was the longest we've ever gone with the competition because the students were so knowledgable," said Marti Wynn, volunteer coordinator for the event. "Even Mayor Dan Sullivan had to wait to have cake with the winners because the competition went on so long."
Hull will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., and a chance to win the national title. The national winner will get a $25,000 college scholarship and a trip to the Galapagos Islands. Visit National Geographic for more information.
UA Geography Program is a sponsor of the event. Katie Kennedy, Mike Sfraga and Patricia Heiser from UAGP helped moderate the competition.