Students at Ephrata Intermediate and Middle Schools recently participated in the annual school Geography Bees.
- The Ephrata Intermediate School winner was sixth grader Kimo Washington, and the runner-up was sixth grader Hayden Cline.
- The Ephrata Middle School winner was eighth grader Jacob Huntington, and the runner-up was seventh grader Christopher Timasonravichkit.
As top finishers, the students will now take a written exam and attempt to qualify for the state competition held at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
The school and state competitions are stepping stones to ultimately qualifying for the National Geographic Bee. National competitors are granted an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national championship in May 2019. The national champion will receive a
$50,000 college scholarship; a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine; and a National Geographic Expeditions trip to a national park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The national finals will be televised on the National Geographic Channel and PBS stations.