Geography bee winner

BLAIRSBURG – Eighthgrade student Katelyn Winkler, daughter of Justin and Angela Winkler, won the Northeast Hamilton school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Monday. Eighth grade student Connor Pruismann, son of Dan and Debby Pruismann, placed second.

The school-level bee, at which students answered oral and questions on geography, was the first round in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee. This year’s Bee is sponsored by Google.

Thousands of schools around the United States participate. Each school winner will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee. The Iowa State Bee will be held April 4.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for state champions to participate in the Bee national championship rounds in May. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brian will moderate the national finals on May 21. The program will air on television.