Pease Community Christian School held its final National Geographic Bee competition on Jan. 23. Thousands of schools in the United States participate in the entertaining and challenging competition every year. The contest
is designed for fourth- through eighth-grade students and motivates them to learn about the world and how it works.
To participate in this National Geographic Bee, students had to be under the age of 15 as of Sept. 1, 2014. Also, students may not be enrolled in more than three academic courses at the high school or college level during the school year.
Taking first place in the Community Christian School’s competition was eighth-grader Toben DeHaan. All students in grades four through eight started out in a preliminary competition, with 10 finalists moving on. Nine other finalists recently competed for the school’s championship title.
Joining DeHaan in the finals were eighth-grade students Bethany TenHaken, Jacob Kettelhodt, Jade Canfield and Camie Paulson, as well as seventh-grade student Grace Erickson, sixth-graders Gracie Ash, Tracelyn DeHaan and Riley Stout, and fifth-graderJackson Kvien. TenHaken placed second in the competition, and Kettelhodt took third.
DeHaan will now take a written test that will be graded by a panel through the National Geographic Society to determine if he will compete at the state level. If chosen, he will join the top 100 ranked students in each state who qualify to represent their school in the state contest, held on March 27. Afterward, the state champions move on to attend the national championship in Washington, D.C., May 11-13.
The national winner will receive a $50,000 scholarship, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine, a Galápagos trip and $500 cash. The second-place winner will receive a $25,000 scholarship and $500 cash. Third place receives a $10,000 scholarship and $500 cash. Those in fourth through 10th places receive $500 cash each.