Kayleigh Ferland wins Disnard Elementary School Geographic Geobee

(front) Natalee Grenier, Owen Wilkinson, CJ Gogan, Kayleigh Ferland, Joannie McCusker, Cody Butson, Byron Decamp; (back) Connor Osborne, Fiona Zhang, Talon Morrison

The school-level competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic competition

CLAREMONT — Kayleigh Ferland, a fourth-grade student at Disnard Elementary School, won the school-level competition of the National GeoBee on Jan. 15, with Joannie McCusker, a fifth-grade student, winning second place and CJ Gogan, a fifth-grade student, finishing third place. Other finalists include: Talon Morrison, Fiona Zhang, Cody Butson, Bryron DeCamp, Natalee Grenier, Connor Osborne and Owen Wilkinson. 

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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 not only geography, but also 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 children have learned about the world through participation in the GeoBee. 

School champions, including Kayleigh, will take an online qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers in the each state then become eligible to compete in their State GeoBee. 

The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, DC, in May to participate in the GeoBee national championship, competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II. 

Learn more at www.natgeobee.org. 

In addition to the GeoBee, National Geographic also offers classroom resources, student experiences and professional development opportunities for educators.

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