Students Compete for Statewide Geography Title

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Tensions were high as students from across the state competed in Wyoming's 26th Annual National Geographic Bee for a chance to represent Wyoming in the national competition this May.

Students traveled from as far as Evanston today to compete for a chance to win a $50,000 scholarship in Washington, DC.

Terry Hooker of Natrona County School District says, "they come from all over the state, from all different directions."

Students are testing their knowledge of world geography, beginning their day with a preliminary round where 10 finalists would qualify for the state championship.
This year, it took a little longer. Eight students tied for the final spots!

Terry Hooker of Natrona County School District says, "the last two steps are the final rounds themselves where we go from 10 contestants down to the last two that will be in the final championship round."

Some students really hit the books to prepare for the ultimate showdown.

Dylan Thompson, Casper native and Geo Bee Finalist says, "it was fun participating in state, it was fun meeting new people and competitors."

This year's champion, 5th grader Degory Day of Evanston, says he took the competition seriously,but still found time to be a normal kid.

Degory Day says, "I think sometimes I goofed off, but I kept studying."

This year's champion was able to do something that hasn't happened in recent years.

Hooker says, "he was able to answer all three championship questions correctly, which is amazing. I haven't seen that happen in the last three years."

And although only one champion was named...They all are winners today.

"We only have one champion going to Washington, DC. But they were all champions in my heart. And it's great to see them compete and stay engaged in school."

News 13 would like to congratulate all contestants on their hard work. Best wishes to champion Degory Day of Evanston as he represents Wyoming in the National Geography competition this coming May.
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