Patten wins Troy Howard Middle School geographic beeMoves one step closer to $25,000 scholarship
For the 25th year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. territories, as well as in Department of Defense Dependents schools around the world.
In January all students at Troy Howard Middle school participated in a school wide geography bee. The students with the highest score on this preliminary test were then invited to participate in the first round of the 2013 National Geographic Bee, in which students answered oral questions on geography. From this group of 32 students one winner emerged, sixth grader Donny Patten.
Patten defeated seventh grader Grey Dinsmore in the final round of the school wide bee. As a result Patten advanced to the next round of the competition, a written examination to determine state competitors. Depending on his score on this test, Patten will be invited to attend the Maine State Geography Bee held in April.
Up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in this state wide bee. At the state wide contest the first prize winner will earn a $100 prize and a trip to Washington D.C. to take part in the National Geography Bee. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $25,000 college scholarship, at the national competition, held in May in Washington D.C.