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Ertmer wins OMS Geo Bee championship

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National Geographic Bee logoOrono Middle School eighth-grader Sam Ertmer won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee January 16. The school bee, at which students answer questions on geography, was the first round in the 31st annual National Geographic Bee.

Eighth-graders Joey Mariani and Charlie Kraus placed second and third respectively in the school competition.

Rounding out the school’s top 10 finalists were, in alphabetical order, Dexter Benson, Kaeden Erickson, Jack Eugster, Eli Hamer, Charlie Johnson, Olivia Tate and Nolan Thompson.

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2019 bee. Ertmer 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 29, at the Carlson School of Management on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. The national championship rounds will be held May 19-22 in Washington, D.C.

Geo Bee top 3 finishers

Orono Middle School’s top finishers in the annual Geographic Bee are, from left: Charlie Kraus, third; Sam Ertmer, first; and Joey Mariani, second.


Geo Bee top 10 finishers

Participants in the Orono Middle School Geography Bee are, from left: front row – Sam Ertmer, Olivia Tate, Jack Eugster and Eli Hamer. Back row – Charlie Johnson, Charlie Kraus, Nolan Thompson, Joey Mariani, Kaeden Erickson and Dexter Benson.