Copeland Manor, Adler Park and Highland Middle school students competed in the National Geographic Bee, with each school naming a winner.
The nationwide contest sponsored by National Geographic Magazine tests students’ knowledge of geography. Preliminary competitions are held in the classrooms at all schools to determine semi finalists to compete in the final rounds.
The final round for Adler Park students was held in December with Jack Bjorklund being named school champion, said Learning Center Director Erin Carr. The runner-up is Madeline Handrich and in third place is Thomas DesLauriers.
The final round for Copeland Manor students this month resulted in Haig Hagopian being named champion, said Learning Center Director Keri Johnson. The runner-up is Ike Sweitzer. The two competitors shook hands after the championship round in a great show of sportsmanship, Johnson said.
Copeland’s and Adler’s fourth- and fifth-graders participated in a preliminary competition of the National Geographic Bee by answering oral questions on geography.
Highland Middle School also held final rounds this month. The school champion this year is sixth-grader Jack Nicholson, with the runner-up being eighth-grader Alex Niemann and seventh-grader Dylan Heimert landed in third place.
The school champions advance to the next level of competition, a written examination to determine state competitors. The school champions will be eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $25,000 college scholarship.
—Submitted by Libertyville District 70.