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Students To Compete In National Geographic Bee

Dec 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page, News

When:
2:50 p.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at Elizabethtown Area Middle School, 600 East High Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022

What:
Elizabethtown Area Middle School will hold its annual school competition of the National Geographic Geography Bee in the EAMS Auditorium. The annual event is sponsored by the EAMS Social Studies Department and has been held each year for the past fourteen years. Students at the Elizabethtown Bee will compete in a series of rounds featuring questions that cover all areas of geography. 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. The competition is free and open to the public.

Why:
Schools all across the United States will hold school-wide bees in January. Winners from each school bee take a written test to qualify for their state competition. Pennsylvania’s Bee is held in the spring at Shippensburg University. The winner of the Pennsylvania competition will travel to Washington, D.C. and compete against winners from all over the United States. The National competition is hosted by Alex Trebak and boasts a prize of a $10,000 scholarship.

Students from all three grade levels took the preliminary test earlier in December to help narrow the competition down to the top ten who will compete on January 5. The ten finalists include sixth graders Karl Beard and Kent Taylor, as well as eighth graders David Carlson, Derek Flick, Karlee Grudi, Jeremy Hagenbuch, Nick Hurst, Greg Wilson, Dan Yothers, and Reuben Zeiset.

Media Information:
For more information on this event or if you would like to attend an cover it, contact Troy Portser, director of school and community information for the Elizabethtown Area School District, at the phone number or email address listed above.

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