Geography bee comes to Anchorage Friday

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2002

Peninsula students will put their knowledge to the test at the state-level competition of the 2002 National Geographic Bee in Anchorage Friday.

Fourteen peninsula students qualified for the state bee by winning their school competitions and passing a written exam.

The state contest will start with preliminary rounds at 8:45 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 725 West 9th Ave., Anchorage. The final round will begin at 1 p.m.

The winner of the state contest will receive $1000, prizes and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. with a teacher to compete in the national competition May 21 and 22.

The national winner will win a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine. Second- and third-place winners will receive $15,000 and $10,000 scholarships respectively.

Peninsula students who have qualified for the state round include:

Jamin L. Agosti, sixth grade, Seward Elementary; Emily Bellinger, eighth grade, Cooper Landing Elementary; Andrew M. Bosela, sixth grade, Soldotna home-schooler; Hannah R. Bradley, sixth grade, West Homer Elementary; Adam T. Byrne, fifth grade, Ninilchik School; Dylan G. Carter, sixth grade, McNeil Canyon Elementary; Amy J. Collman, eighth grade, Seward Junior-Senior High School; Aislinn H. Fox, sixth grade, North Star Elementary; Leslie C. Krusen, eighth grade, Kenai Middle School; Joel N. Ribbens, seventh grade, Nikiski Junior-Senior High School; Andy J. Schaafsma, eighth grade, Soldotna Middle School; Wes F. Stephl, sixth grade, Redoubt Elementary; Eric J. VanOss, seventh grade, Homer Middle School; and Jennifer M. Werth, eighth grade, Grace Lutheran School.

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