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Aiden Boerner named Champion of Weatherly's Geography Bee!

Aiden Boerner claimed the title of this year’s Champion at Weatherly Area School District’s Geography Bee!  Although five seventh graders and five eighth graders competed for the top spot, the seventh graders prevailed. The top three students in the Bee were all seventh graders!   Frank Willis finished the Bee in second place and Angelina Davis finished in third place.  The other seven top finalists were Gavin Bradley, Gianna Lowman, Alyssa Heister, Luke Derr, Kelly Royer, Ethan Broskoskie, and Antonio Rivera.

The school champions, including Aiden, will take
a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on March 31, 2017.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 15-17, 2017. 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 a trip to the Galápagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

The national finals will air on television on May 19 at 8 p.m. EST on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, and later on public television stations. Check local listings for dates and times.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge by downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge” app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, available on the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; from the Android Market; or for NOOK Color.

National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www. nationalgeographic.org.

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In picture, L to R:  Aiden Boerner; Frank Willis; Angelina Davis; Thomas McLaughlin, WASD Superintendent

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