Published 2:32 pm Saturday, January 15, 2011
Halverson first-graders spend day in pajamas
Student wins school-wide geographic bee
Katelyn Hendrickson, an eighth-grader at Southwest Middle School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 5.
The school-level competition was the first round in the 23rd annual National Geographic Bee. Other participants in Southwest’s bee were Solveig Lange, Luke Sundblad, Dan Silva, Matthew Carlson, Kimball Blake, Paige Kelly, Jake Thompson, Kendra Manges, Sydney Hagen, Addie Fleegel, Justin Christenson, Dustin Mattson, Quinn Anderson, Garrett Matz, Sam Moyer, Alex Syverson and Riley Schultz.
The kickoff for this year’s bee was the week of Nov. 15, 2010, with thousands of schools in the United States participating. The school winners, including Hendrickson, will now take a written test and up to 100 of the top scores in each state will be eligible to compete in the state bee on April 1.
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State champions and teacher-escorts will go on an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national bee on May 24 and 25. The first-place national winner will win a $25,000 scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands. “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals, which will air on TV.