Newcastle geography bee champ heads to state

April 4, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 2:55 p.m. April 4, 2013

Newcastle Elementary School geography bee champ Nathan Jackson (left) qualified as a state semifinalist.

Newcastle Elementary School crowned fifth-grader Nathan Jackson as the school’s geography bee champion at the end of November.

The victory ensured Nathan an opportunity to take a written test, with a chance to qualify for the state championships. After taking the test, Nathan qualified as a state semifinalist.

He will compete in the state championship April 5 at Pacific Lutheran University.

Back in November, Jackson outlasted 10 of his classmates after he correctly identified Australia as the country where Fremantle Prison is located.

The state winner will receive $100, a copy of “The Complete National Geographic” on DVD and a trip to Washington D.C. where he or she will represent Washington in the national finals at the end of May. The first place national winner receives a $25,000 college scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to the Galapagos Islands.

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