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West Middle student wins state National Geographic GeoBee

4/5/2019 -- West Middle seventh-grader Aristuto Paul is the state champion in the National Geographic GeoBee and is heading to the finals in Washington D.C. from May 19 – 22. In addition to the trip to Washington, D.C., Paul won a $1,000, a National Geographic Almanac and trophy.


Kevin Berts, sixth-grade, Southwest Middle, won second place and Matthew Averbukh a seventh-grader at Central Middle placed in the top 10. The state event was held on March 29 at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.


The National Geographic GeoBee is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.


Students in grades four through eight from nearly 10,000 schools across the United States compete in the National Geographic GeoBee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion.


The National Geographic GeoBee includes three levels of competition; school, state and national.  Schools conduct a GeoBee and name a school champion. The school champion takes a proctored online qualifying test and the top 100 ranked students in each state qualify to represent their school at the state level GeoBee competition. State champions then travel to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship.