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Geography Bee winners Noah Aven, second; Will Smith, first; and Chris Hughes, third. Back row: Jennifer Isbell, Liberty Park Middle School Geography Bee coordinator; Greg Jeane, contest officiator; and Jack Hart, third.
Will Smith, an eighth-grade student, recently placed first in the Liberty Park Middle School Geography Bee. Sixth grader Noah Aven placed second, and eighth graders Chris Hughes and Jack Hart tied for third.
Greg Jeane, a retired geography professor from Samford University, was the contest officiator. Every sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade student at the school took a qualifier test, and the 25 students who scored the highest participated in the school-wide bee.
As LPM’s winner, Smith will take a test to see if he qualifies for the Alabama State Geography Bee. Only the top 75 school winners make it to the State Bee. The state winners will participate in the National Bee in Washington D.C. The overall winner will receive a $25,000 scholarship, as well as a trip with National Geographic and Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek to the Galapagos Islands.