The 2017 Annual District Geography Bee
What major river runs through Regensburg, Germany? If you answered the Danube you might have what it takes to compete in the TD3 Geography Bee.
Held in the Tempe City Council Chambers in downtown Tempe in partnership with Tempe Sister Cities, each school was represented by the winner of his/her own school geography bee before competing at the District level.
Ranging from fourth- to eighth-grade, the Bee contestants sat in seats normally reserved for Tempe City Council members as they were asked by moderator Mark Borota of Tempe Sister Cities questions ranging from physical to cultural geography.
The close competition came to an end when Connolly Sixth-Grader Akshay Venkatachalam correctly answered two straight questions, giving him the first place honor. Jacob Williams from Wood Elementary and Michail Villagomez from Laird School came in second and third respectively. The winners are pictured from left to right.
The three winners were awarded an individual trophy as well as a world atlas that will be given to their school library.
For the twenty school-level winners, however, the competition isn’t over. All students who won their school’s geography bee will take a written test to have the opportunity to progress to the National Geographic State Geographic Bee on March 31.
Congratulations to all Bee participants, and thank you Tempe Sister Cities, Geography Bee Coordinator Lori McClellan, the judges, and everyone else involved in making this event happen!
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