GeoBee Winners

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Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue schools recently participated in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee. 

For the second year in a row, Rhame fifth-grader Xavier Jaramillo was named champion, and Rhame sixth-grader Saffana Aibani was named runner-up. 

At Centre, fifth-grader Daniel Stebner won first place, with fourth-grader Victoria Vargas winning second place and sixth-grader Gabriella Schaefer finishing at third.

The school-level competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history and earth science.

Jaramillo and Stebner will now take an online qualifying test; up to 100 of the top test scorers in each state then become eligible to compete in their state GeoBee. The winners of the state GeoBees will receive an all-expense-paid trip in May to the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the GeoBee national championship. They will be competing for cash prizes, a $50,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad Expedition trip to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavor II.   

The district wishes both students the best of luck in the competition.