River Valley Middle School held their 12th annual National Geographic Bee competition yesterday, with members of the school’s Geography Bee Club participating in the event. The club includes the top five students per team at each grade level that showed exemplary skills in passing a qualifying test and identified them as the top geographers of the school.
Congratulations to A.J. Rousseau, an eighth grade student, for winning first place in the competition. Runner-up was Seth Scott, also an eighth grade student. A.J. Rousseau will now take the state qualifying test with hopes that his score ranks in the top 100 of the state in order to compete at the state level competition, then possibly the national level.
The National Geographic Bee is a nationwide competition for grades four through eight. It’s an education outreach program of the National Geographic Society and is designed to encourage the teaching and student of geography. The competition’s first place prize is a $25,000 college scholarship, with other prizes awarded such as monetary awards and classroom materials.