Patten wins Troy Howard Middle School geographic bee

Moves one step closer to $25,000 scholarship
Feb 28, 2013
Seventh and eighth grade social studies Chris LaValle giving Patten his medal.

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.

Comments (3)
Posted by: East Belfast Elementary School | Mar 01, 2013 14:20

Congratulations Donny.   I was so excited to see your picture and learn that you are the THMS winner.  Good Luck on your next step!

Mrs. Laveway

Posted by: Faith L Garrold | Mar 01, 2013 09:13

Hi Donny:  I am so proud of you!!! I hope your work with the Marine Museum program helped you to spell some of those tough words!!!  I'll be watching your next steps toward the White House!!!  Sincerely, Miss Faith

Posted by: TROY HOWARD MIDDLE SCHOOL | Feb 28, 2013 20:08

Congratulations Donny!

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