West Saint Paul 7th grader wins first place
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Jan. 16, 2019 – Saint Thomas Academy Middle School held the first round of the National Geographic GeoBee on Monday, Jan. 14. Of the 147 students in grades 6-8 who participated in the school-level competition, 7th grader Max MapelLentz took first place, followed by Patrik Kilen, an 8th grader.
The school-level competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover geography as well as cultures, physical features, history and earth science. The National Geographic Society developed the GeoBee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over more than three decades, 120 million students have learned about the world through participation in the GeoBee.
School champions, including MapelLentz, will take an online qualifying test prior to Friday, Feb. 1; up to 100 of the top test scorers in Minnesota then become eligible to compete in at the State GeoBee on Friday, March 29 at the University of Minnesota. Saint Thomas Academy students have consistently advanced to the state-level competition.
The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., next May to participate in the GeoBee national championship, competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. In addition to the GeoBee, National Geographic also offers classroom resources, student experiences and professional development opportunities for educators.
About the National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. Through its grants and programs, it aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of the time while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.