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December 23rd, 2010
Goodnight has potential geography bee contender

122310topgnThe Goodnight Middle School top three finalists pose after the contest. Left to right: Jake McGee, Derek Gonzales and Luis Vasquez.

STAFF REPORT

Jake McGee, a student at Goodnight Middle School, won the school’s National Geography Bee and is now one step closer to the prize of a $25,000 scholarship.

The first tests for the Bee were given two days before the Thanksgiving break, with all students participating in the testing in their history classes. Each student who scored six out of seven questions advanced to the final round.

The final competition was held on Dec. 10 in the auditorium at Goodnight. The final round held 25 students. From there, the winnowing process began, eliminating students down to eight participants.

The remaining eight participated in a double elimination round, with Jake McGee taking the top spot.  Derek Gonzales was a close second and Luis Vasquez came in third.

McGee will now take a written test to determine if he is to move on to more advanced competitions. Up to 100 of the top scorers in the state will be eligible to compete in the state Geography Bee.

The state Bee will be held in April of 2011.

122310gnfinalistsThe Goodnight Middle School students who participated in the Geography Bee by scoring six out of seven pose for a picture after the competition.

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