Thomas Jefferson Elementary Fifth Grader Wins Schools National Geographic Bee
Thomas Jefferson Elementary fifth grader Jack Tinkelenberg won the school's Annual National Geographic Bee, defeating the rest of the fourth and fifth classmates who took part in the building level competition. In the final round, he outlasted classmate Katie Sims and fourth graders Savien Castro and Samantha Pray to claim the title. Tinkelenberg will take a one-hour written exam to see if he can qualify for the state Geography Bee competition. The top 100 scorers on that exam will compete for the state title in April. Other competitors in the Thomas Jefferson Elementary National Geographic Bee included Connor Brown, Evan Davies, Samantha Pilla, Madelyn Van Horn, Paige Brady, Katelyn Knopp, Lexene Givin, Amina Marconi-Kechih, Madison Bell, Maria Tolete, Logan Thistle, and Mackenzie Connery.