St. John Lutheran School National Geographic Bee winners, from left, are Ian Meisner (second place), Reece Eickhoff (first place) and Daniel Hayes-Hall (third place).  COURTESY OF KIM SCHULTZ
St. John Lutheran School National Geographic Bee winners, from left, are Ian Meisner (second place), Reece Eickhoff (first place) and Daniel Hayes-Hall (third place). COURTESY OF KIM SCHULTZ
Reece Eickhoff, an eighth grade student at St. John Lutheran School in Wykoff, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. Ian Meisner took second place and Daniel Hayes-Hall took third place in the competition. The students answered questions on geography at the school-level Bee. This level was the first round in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee.

The kickoff for this year's Bee was the week of Nov.11, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five United States territories participating. The school winners, including Eickhoff, will now take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 4.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the state champion and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national champion rounds May 19 to 21. The first place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

Congratulations to Reece, Ian, and Daniel for placing at the National Geographic Bee school level competition.