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Austin Christian wins first place in Lincoln Roosevelt Geography Bee

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Thirty-two sixth graders at Lincoln/Roosevelt School in Roxbury Township competed in their annual Geography Bee on Friday, January 12th. This hour and a half program seen in front of their peers is part of the National Geographic Geography Bee.

Lincoln/Roosevelt’s Social Studies teachers Eric Roy and Kathleen Turnbull helped their students prepare for this event. Students had 10 days of preparation leading to the peppering of questions on U.S. Geography and some world geography. Sample questions included which form of mass production was used by Henry Ford to produce automobiles in large quantities in Detroit, Michigan—threshing machine or assembly line. Another question was Angkor Wat, built as a tribute to Hinduism, is located in which Southeast Asian country where Buddhism now predominates.

Austin Christian earned the first place recognition as well as a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card while Scott Fellman placed second earning a $15 Barnes and Noble gift card. Christian’s next step will be to complete an online test to see if he will advance to the state geography bee.

According to the National Geographic website, “The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight from 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2018 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion.”

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