2018-01-17 / Society

Johnson wins geography bee


Top three finishers in the National Geographic Bee competition at Early County Middle School are, from left, Ryan Bright, second place; Emanuel Johnson, first place winner; and Garrett Roland, third place. They are pictured with assistant principal Turner Floyd. Top three finishers in the National Geographic Bee competition at Early County Middle School are, from left, Ryan Bright, second place; Emanuel Johnson, first place winner; and Garrett Roland, third place. They are pictured with assistant principal Turner Floyd. Emanuel Johnson, an eighth grade student at Early County Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Jan. 9 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

The school bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Emanuel was also last year’s school winner.

Eighth grader Ryan Bright came in a very close second while Garrett Roland, also an eighth grader, came in third.

All school champions will take a qualifying test and up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee April 6.

Other contestants participating were seventh graders Skyler Alexander, Noah Barrows and Zach Brown. Other eighth grade participants were Zane Caudill, Ella Floyd, Avery Miller and Jason Priester.

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