Woodward, Okla. —
For the first time in a while, a 6th grader has won the Woodward Middle School's annual geography bee.
On Friday morning, 11 students in 6th through 8th grades competed against one another for an opportunity to move on to the regional geography bee.
WMS 7th grade geography teacher Jim Hunt said Friday's competitors represent some of the brightest geography students in the school.
Hunt said all Woodward Middle School students took a qualifying test and those with the highest scores were selected to compete in the local geography bee.
The top scorers were Levi Albert, Braxton Beuke, Will Yadon, Cambell Covalt, Creed Vance, Tyler Zwink, Kylynn Gibson, Lane Stewart, John Elliot, Peyton Baggs, and Jacque Ray.
"These 11 qualified out of over 600 students," Hunt said.
During Friday's contest, the middle schoolers had to answer a variety of questions including what ocean does the Kara Sea belong to (the Arctic); which Canadian province borders both North Dakota and Minnesota (Manitoba); and where is the lowest point in Africa (Lake Assal).
After several rounds of competition, 6th grader Tyler Zwink emerged as the overall winner. Jacque Ray earned second place and Braxton Beuke secured third.
With his win, Zwink has an opportunity to continue on to the regional competition, which will be held in April at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
"He'll take a qualifying test and from there he'll be sent to regionals at OU and have a chance to travel to Washington DC for finals," Hunt said.