Jocelyn Trimmer, an eighth grade student at Washington Middle School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee. Sixth grader, Allison Clay was runner up in the contest. Sixth grade student, Mia Moats, seventh grade student, Alexa Perez, and eighth grade student Jordan Carr tied for third place.
It was an exciting and suspenseful event for the participants as Trimmer and Clay successfully answered 15 rounds of questioning in the championship round.
Other finalists in the school wide bee included: Brynne Frederick, Hartley Larch, Cameron Lee, Ty Rose, and Joshua Waters.
Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories have participated in the 2016 Bee. The school champions, including Jocelyn, completed a written test to determine eligibility for the state National Geographic Bee to be held in April. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D. C., for all state champions. Ten students will advance to the final competition, held May 24-25. The program will air on the National Geographic Channel and on PBS stations. Check the National Geographic Bee website at www.NatGeoBee.com for broadcast information.
Other Washington Middle School students recognized for their success in answering many of the questions correctly in their classroom level bee and for participating in the tie-breaker were: Josh Cartwright, Skylor Mitchell, Amya Haithcock, Harmanpreet Kaur, Mei Kobayashi, Zack Koutz, Chris Wilson, Jacob Alspaugh, Harmony Gay, Kiara Gilpen, Sydnie Hall and Miguel O’Flaherty.
Middle school teachers, Mrs. Megan Boyle, Mrs. Amy Frederick, Mr. Greg Phipps, and Mr. Coley Warner served as judges. Mrs. Nancy McDermott, coordinator of Gifted Services, moderated the event.
This article was submitted by the Washington Middle School.