Seven area students will travel to Abilene Friday to demonstrate their geography chops in the state-level competition for the 2012 National Geographic Bee.
The students, ranging from grades fifth through eighth, will be asked questions like, “To visit the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient ceremonial capital of Persia, you would have to travel to what present-day country?” or “The North Atlantic current brings warm waters from the tropics to the west coast of which continent?”
From Manhattan, four students who qualified: Joshua Schwartz, eighth grade, Susan B. Anthony Middle School; Zachary Culbertson, seventh grade, Manhattan Catholic Schools; Jacob Clanton, sixth grade, Woodrow Wilson Elementary; and Cole Gritton, eighth grade, Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School.
From Riley and Wamego, three students qualified: Rachael Peterson, seventh grade, Riley County Grade School; Logan Ebert, fifth grade, West Elementary School; and Trey Schmidt, eighth grade, Wamego Middle School.
The state event is the culmination of various school bees that took place from November to January between students from grades fourth through eighth. One winner was produced from each participating school, but to move on to the state competition each student had to additionally pass a written qualifying test placing them in the top 100.
The preliminary rounds of the bee will begin at 1:20 p.m. at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum at 200 Southeast 4th Street in Abilene. The final round will begin at 3:40 p.m.
State winners will go on to the National Bee in Washington D.C. in May, where scholarships of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 will be awarded to the top three finalists.
Other local students who won their school bees are: Jacob Stenberg, Amanda Arnold Elementary School; Meredith Hickman, Frank V. Bergman Elementary School; Alec Bluemel, Bluemont Elementary School; Maggie Morgan, Lee Elementary School; Eli Lynn, Marlatt Elementary School; Samuel Clark, Northview Elementary School; and Casey Gritton, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School.