EW Social Studies Teacher Tim Owens and 8th Grader Luke Leddy

EW Social Studies Teacher Tim Owens and 8th Grader Luke Leddy

Think you’re smarter than an eighth grader? Try this: Which country does not include part of the Kalahari Desert—Namibia, Botswana, or Eritrea? If you answered Eritrea, you’re almost as smart as Explorer West’s Luke Leddy, who is headed to National Geographic’s GeoBee Washington State Competition.

Luke will compete in the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition.

The contest will be held at Highline College in Seattle on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 8AM. 

GeoBees were held in schools throughout our state to determine each school champion. Champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees.

National Geographic State GeoBee champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22, 2019. 

Follow the national competition at National Geographic Headquarters at natgeoed.org/experiences.

Developed by the National Geographic Society in 1988 to promote geographic knowledge among young people in the United States, the National Geographic GeoBee is an academic competition for schools in the United States. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information.

Please join us in cheering for Explorer West’s Champion, Luke Leddy. We are so proud of him!