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WCS Geography Teams Excel At NELMSC Competition

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Lakeview and Edgewood Middle Schools are celebrating their recent success at the NELMSC Geography Bee Competition. The event took place on Tuesday, Jan. 31, At Indian Springs Middle School in Columbia City. Both schools’ teams placed in the top three with Edgewood taking a second place victory and Lakeview earning third place.

There were eight rounds in the competition with a total of five schools competing. Topics ranged from classical Greece to Brexit and students tackled questions such as, “what mountain range divides Europe and Asia,” and, “what is the most well-known Neolithic monument?”

b2ap3_thumbnail_Lakeview-Team.jpgEdgewood’s team is comprised of Jacob Busz, Eli Demopoulos, Ivy Hall, Toby Harges, Carson Kerlin, Nate Lechlitner, Sam Lechlitner, Jonah Reichenbach and Tim Wielgot. Coaches for the Edgewood team include Richard Sellers and Susan Eberhardt.

Lakeview’s team members include Wyatt Walton, Kevin Fouts, Theo Cooke, Anna Gustafson, Sydney Leighty, Kendyl Silveus, Miles Burkholder and Abby Rahn. The team was coached by Betsey Vastbinder.

“The Lakeview team was a high-energy, light-hearted crew who got along fantastically as they added to their understanding of European geography,” explained Vastbinder. The Lakeview students had a great time and are already looking forward to next year!” “Edgewood's team worked well together learning new concepts and teaching each other,” noted Eberhardt and Sellers. “We are very proud of their accomplishments.”

Though the geography bee is a single event, the Academic Superbowl will soon begin, which allows students to compete on subject matter including math, science, social studies and English language arts. Many students involved in the geography bee also participate in the Academic Superbowl.

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Lakeview Geography Bee Team. Back Row (from left) Wyatt Walton, Kevin Fouts, Theo Cooke, Anna Gustafson. Front row Sydney Leighty, Kendyl Silveus, Miles Burkholder, Abby Rahn, Betsey Vastbinder (coach)

Edgewood team: Coach Susan Eberhardt, Toby Harges, Ivy Hall, Sam Lechlitner, Jonah Reichenbach, Jacob Busz, Eli Demopoulos, Tim Wielgot, Carson Kerlin, Nate Lechlitner, Coach Richard Sellers.
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