Eleven local students will compete April 5 at the 25th annual Iowa Geography Bee at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny campus.
The students will compete to represent Iowa at the national finals May 20-22 in Washington, D.C. The winner also will receive $100 and the Complete National Geographic on DVD.
Geography Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-graders throughout the state to determine each school’s winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Students with the top 100 scores were invited to compete at the Iowa Bee.
The first place national winner will receive a $25,000 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to the Galapagos Islands.
The final round of the National Geographic Bee, moderated by Alex Trebek, will air May 23 on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild.
Local students competing at the Iowa Bee are: Rece B. Vining, sixth grade, Morning Star Academy, Bettendorf; Joel Kachappilly, sixth grade, Hopewell Elementary School, Bettendorf; Nora L. Rudzinski, sixth grade, Trinity Lutheran School, Davenport; Jarrett F. Trenkamp, seventh grade, Central Clinton Community Schools, DeWitt; Colin K. Wiersema, seventh grade, Neil Armstrong Elementary School, Eldridge; Anne E. Erickson, seventh grade, Edward White Elementary School, Eldridge; Sam McCammant, seventh grade, North Scott Junior High School, Eldridge; Patrick S. McMonagle, seventh grade, Pleasant Valley Junior High School, LeClaire; Nicholas I. Nahnybida, sixth grade, Walcott Intermediate School, Walcott; Elias L. Rocha, seventh grade, West Liberty Community Schools, West Liberty; and Avery J. Luepker, seventh grade, Calamus Wheatland Community School District, Wheatland.