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Bauer wins Kennedy Geography Bee

Brock Bauer won the geography bee. He is pictured with teacher Melanie Rowan. Submitted photo1 / 2
Several students participated in Kennedy Elementary’s Geography Bee on Jan. 25. In the front row (from left to right): Luke Sommers, Isaac Bushburger, Amber VanLoon, Kayla Staves, Lillyan Schweich and Gunner Hanstad. Back row: Nadine Miller, Joy Becken, Ellie Levine, Brock Bauer, Ella Carlson, Parker Stoltz and fourth-grade teacher Melanie Rowan. Submitted photo2 / 2

Brock Bauer, a fourth-grader at Kennedy Elementary, won the school's National Geographic Bee on Jan. 25. The school bee was the first round in the 30th annual Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.

Thousands of schools in the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. The school champions will take a qualifying test. Up to 100 of the top scorers on the test will be eligible to compete in the state Bee on April 6. State winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20-23. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine and an all-expenses paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour II.