Ohio County Student Wins Geography Championship

April 11, 2000

Benjamin Bateson, an eighth grader at Warwood Middle School in Ohio County, today became West Virginia’s 2000 State Geographic Bee champion.  

Benjamin now goes on to compete in the National Geographic Bee, which is May 23-24 in Washington, D.C. Benjamin won by correctly answering “Carpathian Mountains” to the question, “The source of the Dniester River is in southwestern Ukraine in what mountain system?”  

The 100 West Virginia competitors earned their place in the State Geographic Bee by winning local Geography Bees and then earned a top score on a written exam prepared by the National Geographic Society. Second place winner was Ian Hicks from Hancock County; and third place honors went to Joseph Chambers from Raleigh County. The State Geographic Bee was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston.  

“These students have demonstrated a remarkable knowledge of geography that will prepare them for a successful future,” said State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart. “Students across West Virginia recognize the importance of geography in everyday life and its significance in competing in a global society.”  

Students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories competed today to earn an all-expenses-paid trip with a teacher escort to Washington, D.C. In addition to the trip, each state winner receives $100 and other prizes. The national competitors will be vying for a $25,000 first-place scholarship, second and third place finalists will receive $15,000 and $10,000 scholarships, respectively.

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