Starkweather wins Constantine Geographic Bee
CONSTANTINE — Gauge Starkweather, an eighth-grader at Constantine Middle School, won the school competition (fourth- through eighth-grade) of the National Geographic Bee on Thursday, Dec. 8, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. Other participants were fourth-graders Liberty Hall and Phillip Fraczek, fifth-graders Victor Chugunov and Shaylar Warren, sixth-graders Jacob Norton and Tatiana Harker, seventh-grader Joe Grandstaff, and eighth-grader Cyrah Bright (runner-up). The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.
Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2017 Bee. The school champions, including Starkweather, will take a qualifying 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 March 31.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 15-17. The first place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
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