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TANNER McKAY WINS SPANISH FORK JR. HIGH’S GEOGRAPHIC BEE Moves One Step Closer to $25,000 College Scholarship

Submitted by david.thacker on Fri, 12/18/2009 - 14:15
by Russ LeMmon
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Tanner McKay, an eighth-grade student at Spanish Fork Jr. High, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on December 11, 2009 and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 22nd annual National Geographic Bee. In order to participate in the Bee, eighth graders had to pass a written test with a high qualifying score. There were only 30 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:

Tanner McKay
Wesley Cloward
Amelia Weight
Ian Andrus
Walker VanTassell
Cassidy Crook
Christian Lord
Tyler Averett
Caleb Parker
Jonathan DeYoung
Wyatt Davis
Chase Dietz
Nicole Christensen
Deveré Morris
Kayla Christensen
Meagan Christensen
Colten Smith
Breanna Walker
Kevin Johnson
Ben Watkin
Cameron Sokol
Amy Gomez
Vince Winder
Justus Thomas
Suzanne Rhodes
Ethan Torgerson
Aaron Nelson
Preston Weight
Erin Robins

Tanner McKay finished the competition in First Place with Ian Andrus finishing in Second Place and Jonathan DeYoung finishing in Third Place. Congratulations to our school finalists! 

School winners around the country, including Tanner, will now take a written test to be eligible to compete in the state Geographic Bee on April 9, 2010. 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 $25,000 scholarship.