Camden McDonald Wins Spanish Fork Jr. High’s Geography Bee Moves One Step Closer to $50,000 College Scholarship

by Russell LeMmon, Pictures by Alyse Freeland

Camden McDonald, an eighth-grade student at Spanish Fork Jr. High, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on December 11, 2015 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. 

The school-level Bee was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee.  In order to participate in the Bee, eighth graders had to pass a written test with a high qualifying score. During the bee itself, qualifying students answered questions orally on geography.  

There were only 35 seats available for the entire eighth grade so being able to participate is an accomplishment in and of itself.  The following students qualified and participated in the school competition:

  • Peyton Payne
  • Amanda Lewis
  • Camden McDonald
  • Kanon Ramirez
  • Elizabeth Ash
  • Tommy Hundley
  • Luke Eliason
  • Garrett Dedrickson
  • Ashley Fry
  • Mckenna Rigtrup
  • Greg Olson
  • Tru Solomon
  • Valeria Pelayo
  • Cydney Nielsen
  • Max Colton
  • Luke McCune
  • Nicole Stubbs
  • Jamison Massey
  • Clayton Hall
  • Logan Smith
  • Natalie Khuni
  • Treven Marler
  • Kacie Rosales
  • Caleb Hayward
  • Ryan Whitaker
  • London Gorrell
  • Alyssa Wright
  • Nathaniel Alton

Camden McDonald finished the competition in First Place with Clayton Hall finishing in Second Place and Amanda Lewis finishing in Third Place.  Congratulations to our school finalists! 

 School winners around the country, including Camden, will now take a written test to be eligible to compete in the state Geographic Bee on April 1, 2016.  State winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the National Geographic Bee and a chance for a $50,000 scholarship.