EVANSTON — Elementary and middle school students faced off in the district-wide geography bee on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Evanston Middle School, when 21 students who had placed in their individual school bees vied for the title of District Champion.
Students from Davis Middle School and Aspen, Clark, North and Uinta Meadows elementary schools participated in the district bee, which went for more than two hours as participants were quizzed on their knowledge of U.S. states, world countries, continents, rivers, wildlife species, world economies and more.
The group of 21 was whittled to 10 following seven rounds, then to five and finally to the two finalists. DMS seventh-grader Nick Lawlar and Uinta Meadows fifth-grader Max Gauger, both champions at their respective schools, were the final two standing.
The final three questions in the final round challenged Lawlar and Gauger on their knowledge of the Great Lakes, populations of Scandinavian countries and Central American national parks. Lawlar ultimately prevailed and claimed the championship, with Gauger finishing second. Rounding out the top five were DMS seventh-graders Colby Farrens and Lexi Matthews in third and fourth, respectively, and sixth-grader Kya Coles in fifth.
The first-place finishers from each of the participating schools now have the opportunity to take a written exam to qualify for the statewide geographic bee in late March. From there, one Wyoming student will represent the state at the National Geographic Bee in May.