Students participated in the school-level National Geographic Bee last week. Participants included, in front, Cullen Patterson (second place), Ethan Matzke (first place), and George Boyd (third place). In back are Olivia Mendez, Claire Bratland, Vendela Parker, Kai Bjerke, Takoda Boyd, Alex Deters and Katie Lamm.
Students participated in the school-level National Geographic Bee last week. Participants included, in front, Cullen Patterson (second place), Ethan Matzke (first place), and George Boyd (third place). In back are Olivia Mendez, Claire Bratland, Vendela Parker, Kai Bjerke, Takoda Boyd, Alex Deters and Katie Lamm.
Searching their minds for answers about landforms, rivers, seas, mountains, countries, and more - students at Spring Grove Public School answered a variety of questions in the school-level National Geographic Bee.

Thousands of schools across the United States and in five U.S. territories, as well as in Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world have been participating in school-level bees and will be sending a winner on to the next level.

Students in fifth through eighth grade participated in the bee at Spring Grove Public School. Participants included, eighth grade students: George Boyd, Claire Bratland, Vendela Parker and Cullen Patterson; seventh grade students: Kai Bjerke, Takoda Boyd and Ethan Matzke; sixth grade students: Alex Deters and Katie Lamm; and fifth grade student, Olivia Mendez.

In the seventh tie-breaker round, seventh grade student, Ethan Matzke, answered this question correctly, "The law offices where Abraham Lincoln practiced and the Lincoln Tomb where he is buried are both historic sites located in which city in Illinois?" to win the bee. Second place went to eighth grade student, Cullen Patterson, and third place went to fellow eighth grade student, George Boyd.

Matzke will now take a written exam to determine if he is eligible to compete in the Minnesota state bee. Up to 100 of the top written exam scorers will compete in the state bee on April 4. The state champion will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., to participate in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee championship rounds May 19 through 21. The first place winner from the national bee will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. This year's bee is sponsored by Google. The national finals will be aired on television; check local listings for dates and times.

For those interested in testing their geography knowledge, they can check out the GeoBee Challenge - an online geography quiz that can be found at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee. Ten new questions are posed each day.