Ryker Clark wins BES Geography Bee
BELOIT – Beloit Elementary students participated in the first round of the 31st annual National Geographic Bee on Jan. 7 with ten finalists from fourth through sixth grades competing.
Sixth grader, Ryker Clark, finished in first place and, as school champion, will take a qualifying test to determine if he is in the top 100 scorers in Kansas to continue competition at the state-level Bee on March 29 in Abilene.
Students in each grade from fourth through sixth earned the right to compete for the school title by ranking at the top of their classroom competitions.
The ten finalists in the school Bee answered questions in both oral and written format that tested map skills and both US and world geographic knowledge. Competing in the championship round were Clark and fellow sixth grader, Jackson Cheney. Other top ten finalists included the following: fourth graders, Kayley McGuire, Colton Adolph, and Reagan Cheney; fifth graders, Charlie Burke, Luke Cheney, and Autumn Lorenz; and sixth graders, Brooks Jones and Jennings Sloan.
Should Ryker go on to win the Kansas State Geography Bee, National Geographic will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national championship rounds May 19-22.
The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.