Orono academics shine in geography bee, Quiz Bowl 

Orono Middle School National Geographic Bee champion Jack Prisendorf, center, with runner-up Luc Forsans at left and third-place winner Caroline Close at right. (Submitted photo)

Jack Prisendorf, a seventh-grader at Orono Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee Jan. 25. The school bee, at which students answer questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.

Eighth-grader Luc Forsans and seventh-grader Caroline Close placed second and third respectively in the school competition.
Additional students competing were Taylor Eberhardt, Charlie Johnson, Belle Neset, Tristan Peter, Charlie Sipprell, Hadley Stephenson and Ben Summers.

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2017 bee. Prisendorf and other school champions will now take a qualifying test. Up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee. The state championship in Minnesota will be Friday, March 31, at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

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