Four Green Bay Students Reach the State-Level National Geographic Geography Bee

Of the hundreds of school geography bee winners who took a written qualifying test, four Green Bay Area Public School District students scored in the top 100. This qualifies them to compete in the state-level geography bee in Madison at the American Family Insurance Headquarters on April 1, 2011. The students include Spencer Guo, a Red Smith Middle School 7th grader; Samuel Schaberg, a Lombardi Middle School 8th grader; Roman Zimmerman, a Washington Middle School 7th grader; and Justin Bannister, an Edison Middle School 8th grader. Bannister is making his second appearance to the state-level after placing third overall at the 2010 geography bee. The winner of the competition will represent Wisconsin in the National Geography Bee in Washington D.C. in May.

Thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee every year in hopes of their winner qualifying for the state-level and then the national-level. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in fourth through eighth grade are eligible for the national competition which is hosted by “Jeopardy!” host, Alex Trebek. For more information visit

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