Lawrence students to compete in state finals of geography bee
Seven Lawrence schools students are heading to the state finals of the National Geography Bee.
The finals will be April 4 at Fort Hays State University. The contest is sponsored by the National Geographic Society and Sylvan Learning Centers for fourth- through eighth-grade students.
The seven students from Lawrence will be among 102 Kansas students who took a written test to qualify.
From the 102 students at the state competition, one student will be selected to head to the National Geography Bee on May 27 and 28 in Washington, D.C. That student, whose trip will be financed by the National Geographic Society, also will receive $100. And one of his or her teachers will accompany the student.
The second-place winner in the state contest receives $75, and the third-place winner receives $50.
These students were invited to the state finals: Lia DeRoin, sixth grade, Cordley School; Patrick Coate, sixth grade, St. John School; Sean Hill, sixth grade, Pinckney School; Geoffrey Salvatore, sixth grade, Quail Run School; Katie Lorenz, eighth grade, Central Junior High School; Derek Scott, eighth grade, Southwest Junior High School; and Drew Smith, seventh grade, West Junior High School.
Those seven students won their school contests, which were conducted in January. Here are winners of other school contests: Hailey Smith, sixth grade, Broken Arrow School; Ian Adkins, fifth grade, Deerfield School; J.R. Battiest, fifth grade, Kennedy School; Karen Bentley, fifth grade, Schwegler School; Jing Zou, fourth grade, Sunflower School; Jordan Stobaugh, sixth grade, Wakarusa Valley School; Kyle O'Keefe, fifth grade, Woodlawn School; and Brian Bondurant, seventh grade, South Junior High School.
- For more on the geography bee, point your web browser to: http://geobee.nationalgeographic.com