Trinity Lutheran School students compete in National Geographic Bee

MANISTEE — Trinity Lutheran School student Zephyr Simes listened intently to the National Geographic Bee question as read to him by school principal David Moehring during Thursday’s local competition.

Trinity Lutheran School students Joscelyne Schudlich, Sophia Bowman and Brenna Lind take one last refresher on the location of different things in the world before beginning the 2018 National Geographic Bee geography competition on Thursday.

Trinity Lutheran School students Joscelyne Schudlich, Sophia Bowman and Brenna Lind take one last refresher on the location of different things in the world before beginning the 2018 National Geographic Bee geography competition on Thursday.

Simes’ eyes rolled to the ceiling as he thought about his answer and then crossed his fingers (and probably his toes) before giving his answer. When Moehring told him the answer was correct a big, smile spread over the youngster’s face that pretty much told everyone, “no problem I knew the answer all along.”

It was all part of the fun at Trinity Lutheran School when students took part in the opening round of  the 30th annual National Geographic Bee. It is a competition that is designed to reward and inspire students’ curiosity about the world.

Trinity teacher Mark Kirchenberg said they had an exciting competition this year.

“Mimi Langfeldt finished in first place, while Robby Laurain was second and Miles Bednarczyk was our third place finisher,” said Kirchenberg. “Mimi will now have a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship because as school champion she will take the state qualifying test and the top 100 scores on that test  will be able to compete in their state bee on April 6.”

State winners have the opportunity to win an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. on May 20-23 for the national championship and win the college scholarship. The winner will also get the opportunity to win an all expense paid educational trip the Galapagos Island aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour where they can snorkel, hike and learn about the animals located on that island.

Those who finish second at the national competition will receive a $25,000 scholarship and third place will get a $10,000 scholarship.

Kirchenberg said the contest has been extremely popular at Trinity Lutheran School throughout the years and explained how it came into existence.

“The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 because they had a concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States,” said Kirchenberg.

During the past 30 years, 1,583 state champions have traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the finals and more than $1.5 million in college scholarships has been awarded.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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