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Ninety-One School crowns geography bee champion


by: RAY HUGHEY - Chase Rumpica bested 12 other finalists to win the Ninety-One School National Geographic Geography Bee.When it ended, eighth-grader Chase Rumpca had the last word and the right answer to win the 2014 Ninety-One School National Geographic Geography Bee.

The right answer was “Chesapeake Bay.” It went with the question: “The Potomac River rises in the Allegheny Plateau and empties into what large bay?”

Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 15, started with 13 finalists, grades four through eight, all winners of preliminary classroom geography bees. The contest in the school gymnasium ended with Chase and fourth-grader Josh Johnson going for the title.

The other finalists were : Fourth grade, Ethan Porter; fifth grade, Jake Kahut; sixth grade, Tyson Bowes O’hearn and C.J. Clark; seventh grade, Kendra Guttridge, Aurora Gonzalez Leon, Carlon Crebs and Mikey Lachnicht; and eighth grade, Domnica Martushev, Micah Baltensperger and Isabella Levesque.

Baker Prairie Middle School held its GeoBee Jan. 10. Sam Mitchell placed first and Michael Kelly, second.

Oregon school level winners now will take a written test. Up to 100 top scorers in the test will be eligible to compete in the Oregon Geography Bee to be held April 4 at Western Oregon State University.

The state champion will advance to the National Geography Bee May 19-21 in Washington, D.C., to compete for a $50,000 scholarship.

The National Geographic Society will provide an expenses- paid trip to the nation’s capital for the state champions and teachers-escorts.

The national winner will also receive a lifetime membership in the Society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Award-winning broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien will moderate the national finals, which will be televised.

Canby schools and thousands of schools across the country participate in the bee, using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is intended to encourage geography in classrooms, spark student interest and increase public awareness.



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