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Elementary & Middle School Geography Bees

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Elementary and middle school students vied for the top spot at Onslow County Schools’ annual district-level Geography Bees Thursday, Dec. 7, and Dec. 14.

Briyana Edwards, a fifth grader from Bell Fork Elementary, and Talon Stevens, a fifth grader from Jacksonville Commons Elementary, competed against 12 others and aced all seven rounds.  Tiebreaker rounds did not produce a solo winner, so the two share the first-place title this year. Hunter Maxwell, a fourth grader from Queens Creek Elementary garnered second place finishing six rounds.

The competition, held at Stateside Elementary, brought together the top ranked school-level geography buffs to test their knowledge of the world.  As the rounds progressed, the questions became progressively more difficult, starting with U.S, capitals and ending with more in-depth questions about economic geography.

Elementary contestants included: Owen, Beames, fourth grade, Carolina Forest; Ayden Sererin, fifth grade, Clyde Erwin; Malana Stallard, fourth grade, Dixon; Garrett Fincham, fifth grade, Dixon; Emma Tolley, fourth grade, Meadow View; Liam Brownley, fifth grade, Morton; Destiny Orel, fourth grade, Richlands; Joseph Reed, fifth grade, Sand Ridge; Tate Barron, fourth grade, Silverdale; Sadie Miller, fifth grade, Stateside; Jacob Wilcox, fifth grade, Summersill.

A week later it was middle schoolers turn to vie for the top spot.

Eleven students from six schools gathered at Trexler Middle School to be grilled on their knowledge of U.S. Capitols, U.S. Cities, Continents, Cultural Geography and World Geography.

Jacob Coleman, Leigh Nipper and Sophia Lavigne went head-to-head through four rounds.  Coleman, an eighth grader from Northwoods Park Middle School, knew his World Geography and garnered first place.  Nipper, an eighth grader from Northwoods Park Middle and Lavigne, an eighth grader from New Bridge Middle, shared second place.

Middle School contestants included: Emily Aaron (sixth grade) and Bryce Scambler (seventh grade) from Dixon Middle; Katherine Kendrick (seventh) and Kirby Kendrick (seventh) from Hunters Creek Middle; Liam Kinnlan (eighth) from New Bridge Middle; McKaylon Morris (seventh) and Caroline Lott (sixth) from Swansboro Middle and Rafael Pajak (seventh) from Trexler Middle.




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