April 20, 1998


Local student is finalist in state geography bee

  by Deborah Stone

   Jack Evert, a Hollywood Hill Elementary fifth grader, was a finalist in the 1998 State Geography Bee held recently in Tacoma. The National Geographic Society developed the National Geography Bee ten years ago in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the U.S.
   The state bee is the second level of the National Bee and it began last December with contests in nearly 18,000 schools across the country. As many as one hundred students in each state, who won their school bees and earned a top score on a written exam, competed for the chance to represent their state at the national level. State winners received $100 and several prizes, along with an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. for the May nationwide competition.
   Jack successfully made it to the final stage of the competition where he was one of ten competitors vying for first place. Although he will not be headed to D.C., he says he will be back next year to compete once again. "It's a great experience and I'd like to do it as long as I can," says Jack. He adds, "It's fun to compete and use your knowledge of the world." For his efforts, Jack received a medal and gifts from National Geographic and Sylvan Learning Centers, the co-sponsors of the event.