Eight Cherry Creek Schools students have been selected to compete in the 2014 Colorado Geographic Bee, which will be held at the University of Denver on April 4.
• Reece Bailey, 8th grade, Laredo Middle School
• Jarod Beights, 7th grade, Falcon Creek Middle School
• Evelyn Bodoni, 6th grade, Challenge School
• Thomas Garcia, 5th grade, Belleview Elementary
• David Goldstein, 8th grade, West Middle School
• Jacob Hayes, 8th grade, Horizon Community Middle School
• Siddharth Mane, 8th grade, Campus Middle School
• Alec Richards, 8th grade, Thunder Ridge Middle School
They are among the 100 4th through 8th graders from across the state who won their school geography bees, then received the 100 highest scores on a statewide written test.
State-level bees are held in the spring, and the winner of each state bee proceeds to the national competition. The 55 state and territory winners meet at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., for the national competition. The number of contestants is narrowed to ten finalists, who compete for a $25,000 college scholarship and a trip to the Galapagos Islands. The second- and third-place winners receive $15,000 and $10,000 scholarships, respectively.
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.
Posted March 18, 2014.