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District 206 Geography Bee winners announced

The building winners of District 206’s Geography Bee were (left to right) Kaleigh Schneider (Voyager), Avery Granning (GMC), Luke Anderson (Woodland) and Sidney Trousil (Lincoln). (Contributed)1 / 2
Contributed The champion of the recent Geography Bee sponsored by District 206 was Sidney Trousil (right) of Lincoln Elementary School in Alexandria. Kaleigh Schneider (left) of Voyager Elementary School was the runner-up. (Contributed)2 / 2

Thirty-five elementary students in grades 4-6 took part in the annual elementary Geography Bee sponsored by School District 206 on Friday, December 6 at Woodland Elementary School in Alexandria.

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The Geography Bee was organized by School District 206 Gifted and Talented (Quest) program coordinator Dave Harstad.

One student from each District 206 4th-6th grade classrooms was selected by one of the following methods: a current events/geography quiz, a classroom geography bee, social studies grades, etc.

The purpose of the event is to determine building winners for each elementary school and one district winner. The elementary schools include Lincoln, Voyager and Woodland, all in Alexandria, and Garfield, Miltona and Carlos (GMC). One building winner was chosen for GMC.

After a written round of 20 questions, nine students advanced to the oral round. They were Zachary Kent, Isabel Smalley and Sidney Trousil (Lincoln); Luke Anderson and Cody Branson (Woodland); Julia Brito, Wyatt Odland and Kaileigh Schneider (Voyager); and Avery Granning (GMC).

From the oral round of the competition, three students advanced to the final round. They were Smalley, Trousil and Schneider.

After three additional questions, Trousil, a 6th grader, was crowned the 2013 District Geography Bee champion. Schneider was the runner-up.

Building winners were Schneider, Granning, Anderson and Trousil. These four students will have their name put on the Geography Bee plaque located in their school.

They will also take a written qualifying test attempting to become one of the top 100 students to compete in the State Geography Bee later this winter.

Each year, thousands of schools in the U.S. participate in the National Geography Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.

The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject and increase public awareness about geography.