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Jack Prisendorf, a seventh-grader at Orono Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee January 25. The school bee, at which students answer questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.
Eighth-grader Luc Forsans and seventh-grader Caroline Close placed second and third respectively in the school competition.
Additional students competing were Taylor Eberhardt, Charlie Johnson, Belle Neset, Tristan Peter, Charlie Sipprell, Hadley Stephenson and Ben Summers.
Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2017 bee. Prisendorf and other school champions will now take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee. The state championship in Minnesota will be Friday, March 31, at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for state winners to participate in the bee national championship rounds May 15-17. The national finals will air on the National Geographic Channel and on PBS stations.
Orono Middle School National Geographic Bee champion Jack Prisendorf, center,
with runner-up Luc Forsans at left and third-place winner Caroline Close at right.
Orono Middle School students who participated January 25 in the National Geographic Bee competition
are, from left: front row – Belle Neset, Taylor Eberhardt, Jack Prisendorf, Caroline Close and Ben Summers.
Back row – Tristan Peter, Luc Forsans, Hadley Stephenson, Charlie Sipprell and Charlie Johnson.