Ohio County Student Wins State Geographic Bee

April 06, 2001

Paul Volpe, an eighth grader at St. Michael Parish School in Ohio County, today became West Virginia’s 2001 State Geographic Bee champion.  

Paul has now earned the right to compete in the National Geographic Bee, which will be held May 22-23 in Washington, D.C. He won by correctly answering “Marseille” to the question, “Which French city serves as a major seaport and oil refining center for petroleum from the Middle East?”  

The 101 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 Christopher Fields from Roane County; third place honors went to John McHaffie from Cabell County. The 2001 State Geographic Bee was held at the Charleston Civic Center.  

“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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