Lowell Scott 8th-Grader Wins State Geography Bee
April 25, 2018 – Lowell Scott Middle School eighth-grader Vincent Giordano won the Idaho National Geographic Society Geography Bee earlier this month in Rexburg, Idaho. He will represent Idaho in the National Geography Bee held in Washington, D.C. in May. Mary McPherson Elementary School fifth-grader Josiah Vance reached the finals during state competition, earning 7th place of 74 students competing.
“Vincent has been interested in geography from a very young age. In his early days of school, he attended Pioneer Elementary. The librarian, Terry Michaud, would have the K-2 students stay in the picture book area of the library. Vincent was so interested in the U.S. at the time that she made an exception and allowed him to check out U.S. state books. Every week a different state book would come home for him to look at and read and when he ran out of states he moved on to countries,” Debbie Giordano shared. “We were so fortunate that a teacher at Lowell Scott, Brett Luque, took the time to run the Geography Bee for their school. Without him Vincent would not have had this amazing opportunity!”
This was the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.
“Vincent, from Lowell Scott Middle School in Boise, did not miss a single question in the final round of competition. Well done, Vincent,” boasted Bee Organizer Dr. Michael Madsen, Brigham Young University Idaho. “We also congratulate our second and third place finishers, Bogdan and Sofia Monahan from McCall. Our other top ten finalists were Conor Aggers from Meridian, Jackson Chenault from Rexburg, Michael Kinoshita from Idaho Falls, Connor Olendorff from Boise, Hawkin Reel from Idaho Falls, Andrew Sorenson from Meridian, and Josiah Vance from Meridian.”
To celebrate the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, the cash prize for the top three students in each state has doubled. Each state champion will receive $200, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 20-23, 2018. Students that come in second place will receive $150 and those that come in third will receive $100. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.
National Geographic will stream the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship starting May 24, 2018, at www.natgeobee.org.