Jeremy Austin, a fourth grader at Phillips Elementary School, won the First Round of the 2007 National Geographic Bee at the school on January 10.
For the 19th year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U. S. Territories, as well as in Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world.
This is the fifth year that Dr. Susan Smith, currently curriculum coach, has organized the bee at Phillips. Since she was on sabbatical last year studying in Mexico, she brought prizes for the winning teams back from her travels. Community members Michele Margittai of South Side Community Council and Huge Brannan of the Brashear Association assisted as moderator and time/score keeper.
All fourth and fifth graders participated in the Bee to determine winning teams. The fourth grade team included Donovan Hayden, Joanna Mack, Ryan McGough, and Jeremy Austin, while the fifth grade team included Dominic Gizzo, Maya Anthony, Abigail McGeehan, and Breona Turner. These two teams competed on Wednesday, January 10. Once the fourth grade team won, team members competed as individuals. Jeremy will now take the state qualifying test.
As Phillips' winner, Jeremy will advance to the next level of competition, a written examination to determine state competitors. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $25,000 college scholarship, at the national competition May 22 and 23 in Washington, DC.