28th Wyoming State Geography Bee crowns Evanston Champion; Four NCSD kids competed

(Casper, Wyo.)-Thirty-six students from around Wyoming competed in the 28th State Geography Bee in Casper. Four students from the Oil City participated including: Eric Crouse, 7th grade - CY Middle School. Tyler Kleinjan-5th grade - Summit Elementary. Hawkins Kopp, 7th grade - Woods Learning Center. Megan Ladenburger, 6th grade- St Anthony Tri Parish School. Any school in Wyoming that has students in grades 4-8 are eligible to register for the Geography Bee. Six students must participate and one will take a qualifying test that is scored by National Geographic. The school winners are then invited to the State Bee. Wyoming has the fewest participants nationwide and more students are needed to have this opportunity. Each State Bee can host 100 students. Winners of the Wyoming Bee were: 1st place: Degory Day, 7th grade - Evanston Middle School (he is the one praying in the top 10) 2nd place: Conrad Keevert, 8th grade - Lander Valley Middle School 3rd place: Preston Buehler, 6th grade - Osmond Elementary - Thayne Students rounding out the top 10 were: Christopher Taylor- 7th grade - Lincoln Middle School - Green River Madelyn Toner- 8th grade - Lovell Middle School - Lovell Aidan Coberly- 6th grade - Upton Middle School - Upton Christopher Blackburn - 6th grade- Snowy Range Academy - Laramie Gabriel Daniel - 5th grade - Etna Elementary - Alpine Megan Eberle- 6th grade - St. Laurence Elementary- Laramie Will Pelissier- 8th grade - Big Horn Middle School- Sheridan Degory received $100, the National Geographic book "The National Parks: An Illustrated History" and a medal. He will will advance to the nationals in Washington, DC on May 22-25. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership to National Geographic Society. One of the championship round question that was relevant to the 4-8th grade competitors was: In the newest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, desert scenes of the fictional planet of Jakku were filmed in a country that borders both Oman and Saudi Arabia. Name this country on the Persian Gulf. Both of the boys in the championship round answered correctly - United Arab Emirates. Great job Wyoming Students! #oilcity #news